I was appalled at Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s comment on CBS [“GOP’s McConnell: Don’t expect another government closure,” news, Oct. 21] that “I don’t think a two-week paid vacation for federal employees is conservative policy.”

Vacation? That was no vacation. It was a lockout, forced by the Republican shutdown of our government, with calamitous consequences that are still being measured.

Arlie Schardt, Annapolis