Coleen Brock: Try empathy

January 10, 2013 

Try empathy

Those who have never experienced involuntary unemployment might need to consider that lack of transportation is a big factor in getting or keeping a job. Many easily obtained jobs are impossible to reach without it.

I’ve seen unemployment from my desk at the Employment Security Commission, and I know how qualified applicants appreciate the help they get from their claim payments. The limit proposed is not realistic; $52,000 per year is not a great salary.

Read the poem “The Other Side Of The Desk” on the Internet, and you’ll see what I mean. Most claimants feel ashamed and eager to find jobs. “May God give us wisdom and lots of it, and much compassion and plenty of grit. So that we may be kinder to those who sit on the other side of the desk.” Read the whole poem.

Coleen Brock

Trent Woods

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