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Seattle Times letters to the editor

Category: Job market
March 20, 2014 at 7:27 PM

Unemployment compensation is necessary for widening inequality

I laud The Seattle Times for once again standing up for what is right (and pragmatic) by supporting the federal extension of unemployment benefits [“Congress, act to help long-term unemployed,” Opinion, March 16].

Due to the excellent documentation and rationale for said extension, I do not have any points to add in response. What I have to say is to the naysayers. First, for the numbers of long term unemployed nationally that we still have, effectively, we are still in the height of the 2008 recession. So, for the rest of us, many who write from the comfort of their nice upper middle class homes, who are you to call time?


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November 6, 2013 at 11:21 AM

People need the opportunity to get a job

American workers lead to a bright American future All of the conservative, Republican, tea party people feel that poor people, who might need some help getting their lives together, just want to bury their snouts in the trough of free benefits forever. I don’t believe that for a moment. Yes, there are times when people, through no…


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October 29, 2013 at 7:03 PM

Unemployment benefits for those affected by shutdown

It’s unreasonable to request workers to pay back money after shutdown The issues surrounding unemployment benefits received by government workers during the shutdown are important and have a direct impact on many residents of the state of Washington [“State asking federal workers to return unemployment benefits,” NWWednesday, Oct. 23]. The shutdown affected government workers in all states…


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