I recently learned that our brains are hardwired for fairness. We even have a physical reaction when we experience something as unfair. Perhaps that is why I can't let go, often feel tearful at congressional disinterest in paying back wages to contract workers who lost two pay checks as a result of the government shutdown.

There are 1.2 million people who lost a month's wages. Many of them are minimum wage if that. They are the janitors, cooks, security guards at government buildings. They live paycheck to paycheck. They can't afford to be a month behind in rent. They can't just go to the bank and take out a loan.

While Congress passed a huge tax cut for corporations and the most wealthy among us, they can't take the time to look after those who work hard, struggle to afford rent and food, and are under a contract to be paid. Even the media has lost interest in this injustice; even it ever had such interest, to begin with.

Anybody else outraged by this? Anybody else feel the pain of these others?

Laura Crites, Basye