Letters to the Editor

January 9, 2014

Unemployment perks

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is now championing support for a three-month extension of emergency longer-term unemployment benefits that had ended Dec. 28.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is now championing support for a three-month extension of emergency longer-term unemployment benefits that had ended Dec. 28.

The Republicans are correct in their response to not vote for it. Who’s going to pay for this $6.5 billion expenditure? By capitulating to the Reid agenda, it will extend the disincentive for many to look for work.

Since those receiving unemployment benefits have the option to not accept employment at lesser pay than when employed, that in itself is problematic. The pay scale for some of these folks was higher because they worked many years at a company that gave raises periodically. These folks also got older and less physically able to perform some jobs, and age is a factor for some positions.

Hence, how can some folks expect to get the same wages as before? They can’t, so why has the government perpetuated the problem at taxpayers’ expense?

— Cynthia Sseketto, Fort Worth

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