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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.

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Flap Doodle 1 year, 11 months ago

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

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 11 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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Richard Heckler 1 year, 11 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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latitudinarian 1 year, 11 months ago

Personally, I am going to learn to speak and write Spanish fluently. That's the ticket to guaranteed continued success and income in the new U.S. of A.

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Flap Doodle 1 year, 11 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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Norma Jeane Baker 1 year, 11 months ago

Wow, it only took you one paragraph to blame it on Bush. Good job, Heckler.

BTW, when are you going to be a responsible global citizen and get rid of those nasty fossil fuel burning lawn mowers? Oh, that's right. You want everyone else to, but yours are okay.

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oneeye_wilbur 1 year, 11 months ago

A better back up plan is to not work at all. Live in Lawrence and reap the benefits available to all. Housing, food, medical care, transportation all within a fingers reach if one has a counselor at Bert Nash and the desire to get the "looney" check.

What is the back up plan for the push mower when it is dull?

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Flap Doodle 1 year, 11 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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Liberty_One 1 year, 11 months ago

"These jobs go abroad with tax codes that prevent taxation on profits made abroad from U.S. big-name corporations. "

So clearly the US needs to eliminate all corporate taxation. Thanks for agreeing that this is the correct plan.

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LadyJ 1 year, 11 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 1 year, 11 months ago

Is nekkid gardening a career path now?

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FalseHopeNoChange 1 year, 11 months ago

A good "Back up career" would be "Drone" maintenance. The Flexible composite girl lovin' First Gay President is allowing Drones to spy on us. There will be a good future repairing them.

Great points Heckler

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Lawrence Morgan 1 year, 11 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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Benjamin Roberts 1 year, 11 months ago

For instance one might fancy themselves an economist or political pundit yet, make their living mowing lawns.

If a lawn mower has a reverse gear is that a backup career?

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