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Taking needs into account

The federal government shutdown continues and, with no end in sight, has become the longest on record.

Setting aside politics and one’s opinion of who is at fault, the fact remains that a large number of people are struggling without pay during this time.

Whether its furloughed workers in D.C., or those at local operations, such as the Wayne National  Forest, the impact of the shutdown is making it hard for thousands to make end meet.

Which is why we were glad to hear that Columbia Gas is taking this into consideration.

The winter months, especially after the kind of cold we had earlier this week, can make utility bills a major expense.

The company has announced that it waive late payment fees and is offering extended payment arrangements for those directly impacted by the shutdown.

Those feeling the shutdown’s impact can contact the company directly to discuss options.

This is not something the company had to do and we applaud them for being a good corporate citizen and offering these options.

While the situation in Washington seems broken and no fix in sight, it’s good to know that others are stepping in and doing what they can to help.