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The longer the shutdown, the worse the problems

Many Kansans have been somewhat cavalier about the partial federal government shutdown, because it hasn't directly affected them yet. But the longer the shutdown drags on, the bigger the problems and the more lives it will affect. As The Eagle reported Friday, the shutdown already has brought aviation sales to a halt, because aircraft registrations no longer can be obtained through the Federal Aviation Administration. The shutdown also means that some aircraft can't get inspected. "It's having a huge economic effect on businesses small and large," said Pete Bunce, president and CEO of the General Aircraft Manufacturers Association. Enough with the grandstanding. End the shutdown and let people go back to work.