JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - It’s back open.. for now, but a little over a month ago, our government came to a screeching halt.
Federal workers, including those who protect our borders and airports, inspect our food, and cut our parents' Social Security checks, lost their paychecks while our leaders on both sides acted like spoiled children.
During that time, families struggled to make ends meet.
Imagine: going 35 days without pay. Could you do it?
While some of our leaders believed that workers could manage, some even suggesting they could buy their groceries on credit, the rest of us know first-hand what it's like to live paycheck-to-paycheck.
Rather than watching their neighbors struggle and scrape, some local businesses and banks stepped up and helped out.
They offered free meals and interest-free loans for those affected by the government shutdown.
Churches and many non-profits also stepped up.
That is what Region 8 is all about.
Hopefully, in three weeks' time, when our government will revisit the budget issues again, they will not allow another shutdown.
It's a social disaster that doesn't have to happen.
But, if they do shut it down, let's hope local business leaders and others do the right thing again.
Helping our neighbors in the worst of times makes this a Better Region 8.