Clare Goldsberry's June 5, Page 14 Perspective about welfare and the work ethic, while stating experiences that are undoubtedly true, unfortunately spotlights attention on but a minority of individuals relying on government handouts to survive, eschewing the opportunity to work. It furthers negative generalizations characterizing those fellow Americans who have fallen off the economic ladder or who are struggling to improve their lives with the assistance of welfare.
For every individual standing on a street corner begging, there are thousands of individuals living below the poverty level working for minimum wage at unskilled jobs. Citizens that have to look to their government to improve their welfare obviously don't have the resources that so many others do. They are the people who depend on public transportation, who rely on food stamps and the special supplemental food program for women, infants and children to keep food on the table, and who send their kids to public schools.
Instead of blaming the victim, let's encourage our lawmakers to invest in the future of our industry by creating job-training programs in our schools that work to create skilled, motivated workers. Create partnerships with local schools, offer internships for students in plastics plants, help design community college courses to produce workers with the right attitude and skills.
Golden Gate Polymers Inc.