Regarding the Oct. 5 front-page article “Shutdown’s impact continues to grow”:

Each day that the government shutdown continues means that I am closer to losing the chance to buy my first home. On Oct. 1, my loan officer informed me that, although my husband and I are preapproved for an Agriculture Department Rural Development mortgage, our application will not be processed during the shutdown. The closing date is at the end of the month.

We are not buying a mansion; we are buying a simple starter home. If we cannot have our mortgage ready by the closing, I fear another buyer with cash will come along, and the seller will back out of our agreement. Losing this home would crush our spirits. It’s been a long road to homeownership for us, and to even consider that we will lose this home because of politics in Washington makes me sick to my stomach.

I’ve written to House Speaker John Boehner’s office twice and gotten no response. I asked him to bring a “clean” spending bill to a vote so that the shutdown would end. I do not want it to end with the president and Senate giving in to the demands of the minority. I want to live in a nation where democratic process is followed as much as I want to live in my first home.

Carolyn Barschow Thompson, Portland, Maine