Your View: Laid-off workers need unemployment benefits

Feb. 23, 2013 @ 05:40 PM

I agree with John Crawford’s guest column (Feb. 5, “Why make life harder than it already is?”) And I am a conservative.  He talked about why it is wrong to make changes to unemployment benefits. 
I received benefits for two years. I tried looking for a job. I could not even get a retail job, and they are always hiring.  He listed a quote from the bill’s sponsor, Julia Howard.  She says “NC’s current benefits are too generous and make people dependent on the government.”  I totally disagree! 
Working people who are laid off through no fault of their own, are entitled to some benefits because their employers have paid into the system on their employees’ behalf.  Also, people who are laid off, want to get back to work. The benefits aren’t enough to continually live on, but help you survive until you can find another job.
The real people who are totally dependent on the government are people on welfare.  To receive those benefits you do not even have to look for a job.  For unemployment benefits, you have to show every week that you are looking for a job.  I know of several examples where a mother tells the government, she doesn’t know who the father (or fathers) of her children are (so she receives welfare), when actually a father is living in the house.  He has a job and pays no child support.  They are the people sucking our government dry!  Fix the welfare system not change benefits for the people who are really trying find work and get back on their feet!

Law leaves plenty of guns available
Kudos to Andrea Jackson for giving us his view on the “runaway-obsession with guns” (Your View, Feb. 17).
Jackson said it all, but I would like to make a few more comments.  As the aunt of a murdered nephew and his fiancée (by the way, a minister’s only daughter), I feel I have a right to express my feelings about gun control. First of all, has Wayne LaPierre lost any children or other relatives to this type of violence? I’ll bet he hasn’t.
Let’s get to the facts. President Obama asked Congress to come up with gun control legislation that would help keep guns out of the wrong hands, ban assault and high-capacity magazines.  The president strongly believes that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to bear arms. But to better protect our children and our communities from tragic mass shootings like those in Newtown, Aurora, Oak Creek and Tucson, we have to take common-sense steps now.
Senate Bill 150 and H.R. 437 (Assault Weapons Ban of 2013) were introduced in Congress and are ONLY against semi-automatic assault type weapons.  In fact, everyone has a wide choice of 2,200 firearms that are exempt from this bill. Isn’t that enough guns to choose from? You can have a gun on every table and chair in your home, plus in your pocket and car if you think it’s necessary to defend yourself!  Why on earth would you need an assault weapon?
The Second Amendment secures every American the right to bear arms.  We are not against this amendment.  Keep your guns, but limit them to non semi-automatic assault weapons. Is that so hard to do?  At least give the innocent victims an opportunity to escape while the killer is reloading!


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