LETTER: We must create our own opportunities

Jul. 24, 2013 @ 04:59 AM

To the Editor:

I recently read an article in a state newspaper that stated that 65,300 unemployed North Carolina residents lost their federal unemployment benefits effective June 30. I also researched and found out that we are number five in unemployment in the nation.

It serves as a strong reminder that we can no longer count on our government to feed, house, clothe or employ us as Americans. We must focus on our individual talents and figure out how to create our own opportunities. The eligibility of benefits has decreased or vanished while the burden to survive has only increased. The government unrealistically expects those who are laid off to become their own life preservers in this giant ocean of state debt. I imagine in the days to come that homelessness and crimes of desperation will only rise. You see, it used to be a time when a college degree and experience would land you a great career. Now, those things will buy you a cheap cup of coffee and a spot in somebody’s unemployment line.

So, in closing, if you are counting on our government fat cats in designer suits and dresses to bail you out, please seek out another solution before your ship sinks with you on board, screaming help into deaf ears from Sanford to Washington, D.C.

William K. Johnson