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      Are Amarillo residents feeling the impact of the government shutdown?

      After months of talk, the government shutdown has finally happened. This means, 800,000 federal employees without pay and organizations without funding.

      "It seems to me that during this administration everybody has been acting like children. And that's just not how I want to see my representatives act," said Gwendolyn Davis. Amarillo resident.

      A local substance abuse awareness coalition might be taking a hit soon if the funding doesn't continue. Impact Futures has enough money to last them through October, but will run out if the grants stop. Recently, Impact Futures provided an $8,000 grant to the Potter County Sheriff's Office to crack down on DUIs. They are hoping to do the same with Randall County Sheriff's Office and the Amarillo Police Department.

      "Even if the funding stops, the passion doesn't stop. My salary may stop which means the leadership might stop but the core love of impact futures will stay the same," said LaVisa Matthews, director of Impact Futures.

      David Carlson, an Amarillo resident, was upset abou t the way the members of the government were acting. "

      If I don't get my job done, I get fired. If I don't get my job done well, I don't get a raise. They get a raise every year and they continue to keep their jobs after not doing anything," Carlson said.

      Some people, on the other hand, aren't feeling the impacts of the shutdown.

      P assports, mail, homeland security, taxes, prisons and the military are among the things not affected by the shutdown.