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The picture of the Taku in its final minutes as it headed into a scrap yard...

Wednesday marked a proud moment for Vigor Alaska.

Alex Michael Wilson, 29, died May 1, 2018, in Pinon Hills, California. He was born March 2, 1989, in San Bernardino, California.
Lester “Ron” Ronald Strunk, 75, died April 30, 2018, in Ketchikan. He was born Jan. 18, 1943, in Glendale, California.
H.E. “Bud” Davenport, 90, died May 10, 2018 in of Hot Springs, Arkansas.
Making a scene

The blame game is a waste of time.

It’s become a national political pastime that Democrats blame Republicans and Republicans hold Democrats up as the culprits.

Then the talk show hosts and their guests join in, creating enough noise to prompt American citizens to tune out.

In that regard, it’s the same with the topic of the federal government shutdown over the weekend. Talk, talk, talk … blame, blame, blame.

Meanwhile, federal employees wait for what the next day will bring — a day at the office or a day at home.

But, the employees, leadership and most Americans know that the shutdown can’t and won’t last. It would create too much pressure on the politicians who desire to be re-elected by the American people who enjoy services and programs provided by and paid for by the federal government, or, to be more specific, taxpayer (the people’s) dollars.

The Democrats in the Senate — the House passed the spending bill with its majority of Republicans — are holding the spending bill hostage in exchange for an agreement on DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), which protects young immigrants brought here illegally by their parents from deportation.

But, it’s a political move for the Democrats, of course. It’s politics. And it’s unnecessary.

President Trump, who canceled DACA, isn’t about to deport thousands of these young immigrants who know no other country except the United States. He will, however, come up with a solution that doesn’t reward the illegality of the situation, and will ensure that the situation doesn’t continue.

The Democrats know this, and the Republicans know this.

Making a scene over shutting down the government doesn’t change it; it only makes a scene, and the Democrats and Republicans exchanging insults and laying blame is just that: A scene.