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The struggles of the unemployed today
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I just finished reading the article dated June 30, 2013, about the employment and unemployment in the county and state. As one who is unemployed, I have something to say.

I realize that we live in a fast-paced, high-tech world. But I am so sick of hearing, "You’ll have to apply online.’’

This borders on being stupid. If people have spent their time and money to come to an employer to apply, doesn’t it make sense to at least let them apply?

Besides, I can put anything on a resume and send it online, but when you apply in person, the employer can see what he is getting.

Living on Social Security has taught me a lot. I learned that any assistance you apply for is a joke. I asked about food stamps, and they said I could get $16 a month. I know for a fact a man getting out of jail gets $200 a month in food stamps.

Oh, yes, I hear there is a law against age discrimination. That’s a laugh! I have many years of experience in the work force and have an attendance record to match. But when they see this gray hair, they don’t see experience; they see age.

I believe in what I was taught coming up. When I work for a man, I work for them. I am there when I am supposed to be, and I believe in an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay. Integrity and character don’t seem to matter in this economy.

But I refuse to give up. Somewhere out there is a company who wants to know whom they are hiring.

Oh, and by the way, I am still looking for a job and have many skills.

Lewis E. Russum


(Letter edited for space)