As a 25-year employee at Savannah River Site, I appreciated that The Augusta Chronicle finally addressed the impact of furloughs caused by the budget impasse (“Shutdown hitting hone,” Oct. 12). However, I do not feel that the examples given fairly represent the plight of the average SRS worker.
Along with Chris Johnson and Gary Driesen, who were featured in your article, the near-term impact to my family is minimal because of vacation I have accrued over my career at SRS. Unfortunately, there are employees who have little or no vacation to rely on. The unfortunate timing of this furlough has caught many of these employees with only days of vacation time left. They are not worried about a trip to Italy next year – they are worried about this month’s rent or mortgage payment.