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  • Split over the shutdown

    Local residents are divided on who is to blame for the federal closures, but most want the impasse to end now
  • The divide among local residents over who's to blame for the federal shutdown runs just as deep as the schism fracturing Washington, with many blaming Congress for balking on health care reforms and others bashing President Obama for eschewing compromise.
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  • The divide among local residents over who's to blame for the federal shutdown runs just as deep as the schism fracturing Washington, with many blaming Congress for balking on health care reforms and others bashing President Obama for eschewing compromise.
    "I would blame it solely on the president because he is unwilling to negotiate," said Bill Seymour of Ashland.
    "Both sides are waiting for encouragement from him to negotiate, then they will be able to come to some agreement, though neither side will be happy."
    Echoing the sentiment of people emerging from Parkside Cafe near Hawthorne Park in Medford, Bill Jones said the answer is to stop spending more money on programs.
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