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Letters to the Editor

Backup careers

May 15, 2012

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To the editor:

A four-year degree is not quite enough. Having two or three sources of income is not a bad idea. Why?  There are six reasons to keep in mind: 1) mergers, 2) hostile takeovers, 3) leveraged buyouts, 4) free-trade agreements, 5) Reagan/Bush savings and loan home loan scandal killed the economy and cost the U.S. millions of jobs, 6) Bush/Cheney home loan scandal killed the economy and cost the U.S. millions of jobs

All of the above ultimately translates into millions of U.S. job losses. Big-time layoffs are the end result. These jobs go abroad with tax codes that prevent taxation on profits made abroad from U.S. big-name corporations. There was a time when becoming employed by corporate America came with long-term employment, fine wages and dependable retirement benefits. Those days are gone.

After a four-year degree, one might consider a vocational-technical institute to become a highly skilled technician in some field. This will make any college grad more marketable and perhaps open doors to self-employment. Or, if one has the dollars, becoming a career student is as respectable as any other job.

Comments

Lawrence Morgan 2 years, 4 months ago

You have a very good idea. I've commented on it extensively in my blog under Reader's Blogs, "My Commencement Speech to KU's Graduates",

But it needs to be part of the university education, not separate from it.

The amount of debt taken on today will not be paid off by many university graduates. A lot of things need to be changed at the university level if we are going to make this system work - and still have middle and lower class families involved, which they must be.

And as for the comment above, commenter "Did I say that", that is not worthy of response. Your letter is far more worthwhile than that absurd comment.

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Flap Doodle 2 years, 4 months ago

Is nekkid gardening a career path now?

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Leslie Swearingen 2 years, 4 months ago

It is if you charge people to take pictures of you. Just be sure to put all that money into an offshore account.

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LadyJ 2 years, 4 months ago

Wouldn't it make more sense to the vocational-technical institute first and then college if you were going to go that route?

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Flap Doodle 2 years, 4 months ago

Is there money to be made by posting the same drivel hundreds and hundreds of times on an award-winning website? (from a source)

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Leslie Swearingen 2 years, 4 months ago

What exactly is this "looney" check, and if all this is true then why are there mentally ill homeless. As for the mower, I would suggest sharpening the blades.

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Flap Doodle 2 years, 4 months ago

Richard, have you cancelled the medical insurance on yourself and your family as you have been urging others to do?

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 4 months ago

BRING ON EMPLOYMENT = THE GREATEST REPUBLICAN FEAR ON EARTH!!!

  • Repubs fear a dramatically improved quality of life for all WOULD keep them out of control for decades….. we would hope.

Repubs:

  • Fear a dramatically improved quality of life for all americans

  • Fear Jobs Jobs Jobs for americans

  • Fear New USA industry thus new wealth for america

  • Fear new cleaner energy sources because it would create so many new jobs

  • Fear Improved Medicare Insurance for All = huge tax dollar savings to government,public schools,small business and all of us in general. Single Payer Medicare is the answer. http://www.healthcare-now.org/

  • Fear Clean Collar Industries which produce jobs that cannot be outsourced

  • Fear educated Americans because educated Americans ask questions

The bottom line:

BRING ON EMPLOYMENT = THE GREATEST REPUBLICAN FEAR ON EARTH!!!

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Flap Doodle 2 years, 4 months ago

How many hundreds of times have you posted this same text, merrill? Do you even keep count?

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 4 months ago

The new RINO GOP platform has come to this:

Move Your Money http://moveyourmoneyproject.org/

Move Your Money http://moveyourmoneyproject.org/

Move Your Money http://moveyourmoneyproject.org/

Why vote republican ever again considering the candidates are not republicans?

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Cant_have_it_both_ways 2 years, 4 months ago

Merrill, maybe you can empty buckets at South Park after you get done cutting lawns. Would be a great back up plan for you and might even be in your skill level.

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gl0ck0wn3r 2 years, 4 months ago

Spamming your own spam-based email. Congratulations!

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Flap Doodle 2 years, 4 months ago

The copy/paste bot held off longer than I would have guessed.

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