Unless there is some historic breakthrough between the printing of this edition of the paper on Thursday and its distribution on Friday, the members of the United States Coast Guard will not be paid this week due to the partial government shutdown.
The idea that these essential services, so directly important for our hourly and daily security and health here on Block Island, could possibly be impacted on the mantle of a much more abstract security issue thousands of miles away not only strikes us as incongruous but dangerous.
Services at national parks have also been compromised and Transportation and Safety Administration staffers have also been quitting, according to news reports.
Homeland security can be compromised in so many ways and in so many places. Putting the entire country, from its shores to its parks to its airports, in jeopardy in support of an idea that not even the experts agree on is not the way to run a government. We hope that the members of Rhode Island’s congressional delegation and Gov. Gina Raimondo do everything they can to make enough noise so that even those who support building a wall would eventually agree that shutting down essential elements of homeland security is madness. Funding for all government agencies not directly related to the wall should be restored immediately.