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Our View: Prevent government shutdown

The political Grinch may sneak into the holiday season later this week and steal common sense out of the nation’s capital. Increasingly, it appears President Trump and Republicans controlling Congress are ready to shut down some of the federal government Friday night. Happy holidays.

We’ve been here before, and it never works out well – particularly for the public. Closing down the mammoth machinery of the federal government is not a matter of just turning off the lights. The important work done by federal employees isn’t halted just for a few hours. It is disrupted in ways that take a long while to correct. It’s like stopping a loaded freight truck going up a freeway grade. Getting that beast back up to freeway speed isn’t easy.

In our area, the work of essential agencies would be put on hold, as . . .