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Opinion

Should Some State Government Workers Helping the Unemployed be Unemployed?

A Column by the Editor
web posted July 8, 2013

COLUMN – I recently received a copy of a letter sent from a local state government worker helping the unemployed. I'm not going to name the agency, although some may be able to read between the lines due to the content. After "trying" to read the illiterate letter, I came to the conclusion that the person sending the letter should be unemployed and the educated, trained professional applying for services should be hired instead. To make matters worse, this appeared to be a "form letter", which means it is sent to everyone seeking services.

The letter was sent in all Caps, it has been copied and published in normal formatting for easy reading.

"Additional Information Required
Please provide this information described below by [date removed]. Failure to do this may cause your benefits to be reduced, stopped, or denied.

Proof of your Identity. Proof of your residency. Proof that you is non longer employed. Last day worked and last day paided. Proof of unemployment."
It went on, but you get the jest of the illiterate person writing the form letter.

"Please provide this information described below". Shouldn't that be "Please provide THE information…"

"Proof that you is non longer employed."

Really?

"Last day paided"? Does Norman Dorn have a family member working for the state?

And where is the question of being a legal resident? Nowhere to be found.

We have qualified and educated people seeking jobs in the Obama economy that is worse than the Great Depression due to his policies, and we have uneducated people running the programs to help the educated find work?

I have an idea, fire all the "affirmative action state employees" and fill those jobs with literate and educated professionals. Maybe then government might start working for a change.

When form letters reading like this one are sent to everybody, it is time to rethink their abilities to serve anyone who has not graduated an Ebonics course.



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