Tuesday's partial government shutdown has Yorkers talking about its impact.
Sitting on a bench on Market Street in York City Tuesday morning, Tom Jones, 52, was reading a book titled "Never Beyond Hope."
But when it comes to the shutdown and the Congressional tit-for-tat that caused it, Jones said he's less than hopeful.
"I'm kind of a cynic as far as the whole scenario goes," Jones said. "The government needs to learn to live within its means."
And the turmoil in Washington is caused by a lack of leadership, Jones said.
"If there's anybody serious-minded up there - whether it's an R, D or I behind their name - they're not a loud voice," he said. "It's just utter confusion and chaos."
The impact: But overall, the shutdown is just scare tactics, as issues that would cause an uproar, such as Social Security checks, are unaffected, Jones said. And the local impact is nil, he said.
"Is it gonna affect anybody in York? Unlikely," he said.
But Pam Hardesty, 49, of York City was less than optimistic about the shutdown.
"In my opinion, all the money that they have - why can't they stay open?" she said. "What is the world coming to?"
But she agreed with Jones on one thing.
"It sucks because they should stay open," she said. "But I'm glad that people get their Social Security checks."
And Lisi Ortiz, 25, of York City said the furloughs of federal employees will only have a negative impact on the economy.
"That's not a good thing. That's not making money for the economy," she said.
"That's not fair for anybody," added Angel Ortiz, 36, of York City.
But for now, there's not much else to do but wait, Lisi said.
"I guess just keep posted. See what happens," she said.
-Reach Mollie Durkin at firstname.lastname@example.org.