Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Sound off; What Do You Expect from Budget Cuts?

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Sound off; What Do You Expect from Budget Cuts?

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We have heard of much fallout from sequestration: furloughs, long airline flight delays, cutbacks at national parks, etc. We asked members of the Times-Union/Jacksonville.com Email Interactive Group whether they have felt any fallout yet and what they expect to be the impact of this budget battle. Here is a representative sampling of their responses:

I'm bothered by the closing of the White House for visitors and how that reflects worldwide about the USA. There are many valid volunteers in D.C. who usually run the tours and out-of-country visitors that schedule those tours 6 months in advance. To them, it can look like we can't pay the electric bill.

Barbara Thomas, Orange Park

So far, I have felt no impact of the sequestration. The gloomy pictures others have painted of the military having to scale back please me, including the dire threat that the Navy will not be able to supply flyovers for the Jaguars football games. Now, that is a major sacrifice! Perhaps the age of the fabled $800 toilet seat is in true peril, but I don't think it actually is.

C. J. Smith, Southside

No I haven't, and I'm beginning to think about all of this like Rhett Butler did when he said, "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn."

Charlie White, Ponte Vedra Beach

I have not personally felt any fallout from the sequester. However, members of my immediate family as well as numerous close friends and their loved ones have felt the devastation. ... My son, who works in the Department of Defense in the Pentagon and has been recently awarded the Gold Medal for public service, will lose 22 days pay at a time when he needs it more than ever because they will have their first child in April.

Janie Wilkins, Fernandina Beach

The impact will be nominal and may force the government to be more productive. To play politics with someone else's money is unconscionable.

Bill Dahl, Jacksonville

I haven't felt any fallout from the spending cuts, but I feel for the public workers and contractors who will be furloughed because of it. Our public school teachers and policemen also will be included in this group. There is no reason why Congress couldn't compromise on their differences to avoid the misery that these employees and their families will have to suffer through.

Larry King, Mandarin

I am very happy about the sequester. I believe the government has been too long irresponsible with the money they collect. They are terrible stewards of the people's business. With all the high-pitched whining and moaning about these cuts, I think a small 5 to 8 percent reduction across the board is not much of a problem. I would be far happier seeing cuts of 20 to 30 percent across the board. I have felt absolutely no ill effects from these supposed cuts. I know it's early yet, but I believe most of the hand wringing is being spurred on by the television news. …

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