Letters to the Editor

Your views in 200 words or less

JURIES: Give the unemployed jury duty

Letter by Jason Bailey, Graham on Jan. 13, 2011 at 1:40 pm with 6 Comments »
January 13, 2011 1:41 pm

I make my way to work five days a week with a 50-minute-plus one-way commute. I work 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. just about every day. When I get home, the last thing I want to see after being gone from my home for over 12 hours is a jury notice.

Is it too difficult to to ask the people collecting unemployment to earn some of their check by working for the city or county? Here is a deficit idea: Go through all unemployed qualifying jurors first, make them attend to receive a check that week.

It is not so much a financial thing as it is an idea to get the lazy citizens doing something. I understand there are hard workers who simply lost their job; the true intent of this letter is not for them. The real purpose is to get people who I know are at home watching soaps, playing XBOX or Farmville or on Facebook all day and getting them energized to do more than submit three very easy résumés to keep qualifying for unemployment.

As a test, I job searched last week and submitted five résumés. Total time: 23 minutes. What are the unemployed doing with the other 2,377 minutes of an eight-hour work week?

I am a simpleton with a simple idea. Offer the unemployed work while they look for it!

Tags:
Leave a comment Comments → 6
  1. JudasEscargot says:

    You can’t look for work while you are sitting in a court room or a jury room. To bet your benefits, you must look for work.

  2. surething says:

    @ Judas:

    “As a test, I job searched last week and submitted five résumés. Total time: 23 minutes. What are the unemployed doing with the other 2,377 minutes of an eight-hour work week?”

    Most places won’t even talk to you if you walk in, and they request you e-mail a resume. it does not take long.

  3. I have a better idea! Let’ the unemployed continue to look for work. Let the welfare recipients sit on juries. That would be a novel experiment!

  4. Copper2Steel says:

    Would you really want a jury comprised of only welfare recipients on YOUR court case? Many of them already make/made bad choices in life… Just sayin’…

  5. Gosh Jason, you commute 50 minutes and work those long hours saying “would you like to supersize that order” ?

  6. When someone, even a simpleton, realizes that there are 8 million jobs less than there was 2 years ago (when the jobless rate was closer to 10% instead of 15%) when a mere 7 million where unemployed—you realize that 15 million people are applying for a few hundred thousand job openings a month.
    Will to work is simply not enough to garner employment.
    Lazy has nothing to do with it in most cases.
    I am employed, but can hardly pay my meager bills. Been looking for a job for months but entry level jobs are all taken by over-qualified people.
    Your idea is not a bad one…you just resent poor people for whatever reason and for why?
    Poor people are not ruining this country…they don’t have the means.
    Save your vitriol for the rich people hoarding 85% of the financial growth of the last 30 years by running political lobbies.

*
We welcome comments. Please keep them civil, short and to the point. ALL CAPS, spam, obscene, profane, abusive and off topic comments will be deleted. Repeat offenders will be blocked. Thanks for taking part and abiding by these simple rules.

JavaScript is required to post comments.

Follow the comments on this post with RSS 2.0