In the midst of a government shutdown with no end in sight, the Coast Guard continues to do the hard work of protecting the waters and people of Clatsop County and the rest of the country.

The only difference is, unlike the other branches of the armed forces, they are not getting paid. The Coast Guard is under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, while other branches are part of the U.S. Department of Defense.

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ray hunter

this is just another day at the office for coasties. they are enormously resourceful and creative. they have done so much with so little for so long they can now do everything with nothing forever. that said, how are they supposed to pay their bills? i hope the prolonged shutdown doesn't reflect unfavorably on our wonderful elected representatives

Christina Buck

It is unconscionable that the Trump administration is keeping the government shut down and forcing people to work in high risk jobs without pay (while Trump and Congress collect THEIR paychecks).

It is the job of Congress and the President to keep the government open and functioning. Forcing others do their jobs while they sit on their hands and refuse do theirs is not acceptable.

Americans need to demand that the government be reopened and those being forced to work without pay are paid. Families who have members that have chosen to serve this country are hurting and we should not sit by and do nothing while it happens. I don't care what your political preferences are, this is not right.

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