Furloughed and forgotten

As a government contractor who was sent home without back pay, I really appreciated your article on our plight ("The shutdown's forgotten victims: Government contractors," Oct. 14).

I haven't seen any other articles about the contractors. I'm in an area in Washington state were we have four naval bases within a 40-mile radius. The strange thing was that when they sent us home on furlough, they kept slightly less than half of our contractor personnel on stand-by to do their jobs as well as ours.

I have been with the company that I work for now for over 12 years, and it saddens me to think that I once thought I had such a great job — only to discover that Congress could goof it up, too.

Alyce Slaughter

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