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JOBS: Where are the American workers?

Letter by Paul F. Adan, Tacoma on Oct. 17, 2011 at 10:40 am | 6 Comments »
October 17, 2011 11:17 am

The literary classic, “The Grapes of Wrath,” is an enduring tribute to the unbreakable spirits of Depression-era Americans. Like thousands of others who lived during that time period, the members of the Joad family lived in abject poverty.

Though faced by seemingly insurmountable obstacles and crippling adversity brought on by the Depression, the Joads remained undeterred. After slaughtering a pig and eating a final home-cooked meal, they loaded up their truck and hit the road in search of a better life.

Throughout their journey, they struggled, and yet they persevered. Even when lured by the enticements of the government-run Weedpatch camp, the Joads eventually realized that the government could only keep them alive; it would never allow them to thrive. In the end, they felt they had no alternative but to leave the camp.

After reading the article (TNT, 10-15) about the labor shortage in the apple orchards, I was thoroughly disgusted. The shortage has nothing to do with immigrants, as described in the article, but it has everything to do with Americans.

Whatever happened to the indomitable American spirit of yesteryear? How is it that today Americans are so willing to stay on unemployment for more than a year, yet they are unwilling to pick apples for $120 to $150 a day?

Gov. Christine Gregoire, it was said, is looking for a solution to the labor shortage. Here’s a solution: Each day send about 30 buses to the unemployment offices in Tacoma and Seattle.

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