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My Turn: Furlough days causing longer waits on the tarmac

Here we go again…and this time there are very real effects on the American people.

If you've been around an airport this week, chances are you've been touched by the lack of Congress being able to come to an agreement on budget cuts.

The so-called sequester is leading to furloughs of air traffic controllers across the country, causing big delays in some of our largest airports.

And guess what?  There's finger pointing going on in all directions.  And there is plenty of suspicion that this may be manufactured because of some warped political motives. 

The sad fact is we're getting farther and farther away from our goal of harmony in Washington, D.C.

Many of you know how infuriating it can be to sit on one of those planes just waiting to take off and not having control of your situation.

Here's a thought - say we load the FAA, the President and Congress on one of those commercial airliners, sit them out on the tarmac in the heat for a couple hours and let them think about what they are doing.  They might just come up with a better way.

That's my turn. Now it's your turn. To comment on this segment, or anything else, email me at


Emailed comments from viewers:

I just watched your editorial.  You talked about the delays for air travelers.  However, you never mentioned the real people being hurt.  In this area there is FBI, HUD, EPA, IRS, SSA, Secret Service, and many others.  There are federal employees that are going to have to make hard choices.  Do I make the car payment or the house payment?  Do I buy my medicine or pay the cable bill?  I had planned to go to Sea World but, canceled because I will not be able to afford it.  We have stopped eating out, going to movies, and anything else that is not absolutely necessary.  All reports are about a person having to wait an hour to catch a flight but, nothing about the financial hardships of federal employees.  

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