Now, let’s get back to work

With the government set to reopen after a 16-day partial shutdown, there continues to be discussions of blame and finger-pointing.

Much talk has been heard over who is at fault for the shutdown, and who is at fault for such things as closing the national parks and monuments during the shutdown. We’re simply happy that the stalemate is over, at least for the time being, and that furloughed workers will be back on the job soon after lawmakers reached a compromise on Wednesday.

Most people don’t care who is at fault for the shutdown; there’s plenty of blame to go around.

Were the veterans who were refused entry into the World War II Memorial concerned with who was to blame for the barriers keeping them from the memorials? Probably not. We’re guessing they were far more concerned with being told they couldn’t visit a memorial dedicated to them simply because politicians on both sides of the argument were willing to make life miserable for as many people as possible during the shutdown.

While this ordeal is over, there remains much work to be done. Let’s hope politicians get back to the business of providing responsible leadership to the people who elected them. While that is always our hope, we fully realize that we will, at some point, likely be disappointed again in their performance.