With the federal government shut down tight ["Blame game," News, Oct. 1], does that mean that my federal taxes will be reduced by 1/365th for every day the government is not functioning?

Thomas W. Smith, Riverhead

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The Republicans act like a petulant child who cannot get his own way. If you do not play by my rules, they seem to say, then I will take my ball and go home, and nobody will be able to play anymore.

What blatant arrogance, shutting down the government and threatening to place the United States' credit at risk, because these officials do not like legislation that was already enacted.

Richard M. Frauenglass, Huntington