November 6, 2013 at 11:21 AM
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 fault of their own, get laid off from their jobs and are destined to lose everything without some “temporary” government aid. I feel the vast majority of Americans want to have a decent job that they can work hard at and be able to support themselves and their families. It’s a matter of pride and necessity.
In America, having a job is about the most important thing a person can have outside of family. It’s a matter of great pride to be seen as someone contributing to the greater good. Sure, there is a small minority of people who have little trouble accepting government aid for as long as they can. These people are few in numbers. Decent jobs in America for those who want them and the concept that when everybody is doing better mean we have a good American future.
Richard B. Ellenberger, Normandy Park
October 29, 2013 at 7:03 PM
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 and left them with little resources to continue to support their families.
This is why numerous workers turned to the program when the government put their jobs on hold. It did not matter that they were going to receive back pay for time spent out of work. They needed money to support their families and to continue paying for mortgages, electricity, etc.
Now the government is back up and workers have returned to work. However, the government wants the workers who received unemployment benefits to pay back the benefits that they received during that time.
It seems unreasonable to request workers you forced out of work to pay back money they needed to support themselves. Especially if they were only on unemployment benefits because the government could not make compromises on an issue that was already scheduled to go into effect. There has to be another solution.
Angela Barajas, Camas
October 18, 2013 at 7:36 PM
Too many lawyers leads to more competitive job market
The San Jose Mercury News article “Too many lawyers, too few jobs,” (Business, Oct. 9) certainly prompts one to think about the point the article is trying to make. If I understand correctly, Katy Murphy is trying to say that the country has more lawyers than it needs (many considered unqualified) and law school admissions are down.
The solution is to make law school more accessible (in part by shortening the course of study), to increase the number of graduates.
To this non-economist, the conditions described would appear to be self-correcting Why would anyone, faced with a glut of lawyers in the market, even consider becoming a lawyer? Unless, of course, that person had a real passion for the law and the unique combination of empathy, intellect and determination to make it through all three years of school — characteristics really needed in the profession.
Joel Derby, Mill Creek
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