Auburn Middle School's civics students have written letters to U.S. Rep. Robert Hurt (R-Va. 5) in the wake of Congress's inability to reach consensus on a federal budget. Read more letters from Auburn Middle students here.
Below are selected letters written and sent by Auburn Middle students to Rep. Hurt:
Dear The Honorable Robert Hurt,
I am a Fauquier County middle school student. I have been learning about our First Amendment freedoms. I am writing this letter about my concern for the government shutdown and the places and people that it affects. If the government were to stay shut down for any longer, people will be rationing everything they have to save the small amounts of money that they will try to survive on.
Also, decreasing tourism rates will cost businesses critical amounts of money, leaving people rationing all of their money. In order to prevent this from happening, I think that one party should be the bigger party and agree in stepping down or at least compromising. Think about the millions of people who could have their lives back to normal, and the party who steps down or compromises will be known as the true American party and the people affected by this decision will most likely favor that party.
From Trevor Locke
Dear Representative Hurt,
Hello my name is Hannah, and I am a seventh grade student at Auburn Middle School. Recently in my civics and economic class, we have been learning about the First Amendment. As you already know, the First Amendment states, Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedoms of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peacably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
Now is an opportunity for me to exercise my right of freedom of speech, and talk to you about the government shut down. I have to say that I am very disappointed wih the government shut down. I know that this decision about the budget is probably very frustrating, but every day the government is shut down, another person doesn't get paid. Thousands of people can't go to work, or are forced to go to work without a paycheck, including my mom and grandfather, they both work for a government contracting company, and will not be receiving a paycheck. Please remember that affects more people than it does you.