Some thoughts on the citizenry, the government shutdown and the wall:

 What is wrong with my fellow Americans? Are you pigs? Look at the mess you are leaving behind in our national parks. Don’t you have any pride? Take your garbage home.

In the event of future shutdowns, I suggest all services other than security in the White House and Congress be suspended and all staff members not be paid. Ground Air Force One and Marine One. Residents of the presidential mansion, cook for yourself, make your own bed, see what it is like when those close to you have no pay.

Shut down the IRS? Frankly, I think that is the last government office we want out of action, as it is the only government department that pays its own way. And now they propose to have people who are working but not getting paid process America’s tax refunds. No chance of any fraud happening here, is there?

Build the wall out of steel? Weren’t U.S. manufacturers of cars and aircraft complaining about the tariffs on steel? Does that mean our domestic capacity could not supply what is needed for the wall? Maybe China will give us, or Mexico, a break on the cost of the steel?

Dear Mr. President and members of Congress, do what you were elected to do and govern this country. That includes having the entire government functioning.

 Skip Sweeney

Smithfield