It has been a frustrating year for all Kershaw Countians and Americans who believe that compromise is the building block of decent government, as our divided officials in Washington have had blinders on and have refused to acknowledge any position but their own. And now we find ourselves in a government shutdown that benefits nobody. (By the time you read this, perhaps the stalemate will have been broken, but it could go on for an extended period of time.) Those on the right and left are blaming each other, but the truth is that there’s plenty of blame to go around. Leaders of both parties have been obstinate and unyielding -- dismissive and critical of each other for a long time now.