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JURIES: Give the unemployed jury duty

Letter by Jason Bailey, Graham on Jan. 13, 2011 at 1:40 pm | 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!

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