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Thu., March 10, 2011

Metaphors malign jobless

Idaho House members, put down the Kool-Aid! I am one of those people collecting extended benefits. Not welfare, unemployment insurance.

Unemployed since June of 2009, I went back to school and have been searching for work all the while. I have no health care, I do not take welfare or food stamps, and I get minimal child support while I have full custodial and financial responsibility for my child. Nobody is “giving me money” as Dick Harwood said, I am not a “horse at a trough,” refusing to work as Marv Hagedorn stated, and Rep. Shannon McMillan sees extended benefits as a “diseased limb” that needs cut.

These representatives need to drop the snarky metaphors and remember we are their constituents, human beings with real problems. I would give anything to work for a living wage. Without extended unemployment benefits, I shudder to think of where we might be. Shame on those who voted to make a “merciful cut.”

Who do you think you are? I haven’t heard of a single one of you forsaking your publicly funded health care benefits or the perks that go with political office. Whatever happened to the idea of public service? Wake up, Idaho!

Gwen Kelley

Coeur d’Alene

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