Jobs for vets
EDITOR: January begins the new year, and along with that comes a new session of Congress. In 2012, a bill called the Veterans Job Corps Act sought to create jobs for the many returning men and women who are transitioning into the civilian population. Unfortunately, it was blocked by a filibuster.
It’s no secret that the job market is struggling, yet there is an influx of unemployed veterans. According to the latest Department of Labor report, as of April 2012, there were nearly 785,000 unemployed veterans in the United States. Additionally, it is expected that by 2016 a million service members will return to civilian life. These are alarming statistics that, if not addressed in time, could create a strain on the country’s welfare system by placing more people on public assistance and increasing the unemployment rate.
Veterans relentlessly hope that their sacrifices will not be in vain and that somehow they will be taken care of, just as they unselfishly stood watch over the American nation. Passing the Veterans Job Corps Act in 2013 is one way to help take care of American veterans.
EDITOR: I can recall when first taking my driving test that the instructor noticed that I was using my left foot to brake. His comment to me was that this was a very unsafe practice. The foot on the brake will bring the auto to a stop, but the foot on the accelerator pushes the gas pedal harder, causing the auto to speed up, not stopping as needed due to the other autos on the roadway.
Use the advice by Wes Brubacher in Saturday’s paper (“Two-footed driving,” Letters) with due caution, knowing that it works for him but may not work for you.
EDITOR: The elephant in the room is that instead of embracing the diversity of our community, we marginalize and criminalize significant portions of its contributing members. We label some of its members “illegal” when in fact they are hard-working, job-seeking immigrants just like our own grandparents.