As the shutdown of the government drags on into its fourth week, federal employees are starting to feel the pain. Roughly 800,000 workers missed their paychecks last week, forcing many to turn to food banks and other public resources to get by. The shutdown is not longer a matter of political jousting over building a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border; it's officially a very real burden on the lives of public servants.
Those public servants includes more than 42,000 Coast Guard members who are currently going without pay. And while Coasties across the country are getting a helping hand from the communities they serve, there's an easy way that you can help.
When Sue Morse took to the Facebook page of a motorcycle club she rides with, it was with a simple request: She wanted the group's members to send birthday cards to her World War II veteran father ahead of his 97th birthday on Dec. 30.
Morse expected maybe a hundred cards to arrive. Instead, her father, Duane Sherman, received more than 50,000 letters from well-wishers in all 50 states, reports the Orange County Register.
Tom allowed me to comment on his contributions to the 'interwebs' on the condition that it be anything but 'fawning;' more of a lessons learned. Sorry this is long, but some (interpreted) history is warranted.