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Letter by Ken Nilsen, Tacoma on Dec. 14, 2012 at 10:24 am with No Comments »
December 14, 2012 1:20 pm

Re: “Demand honesty, transparency” (letter, 12-8).

The writer stated that our founding fathers were so responsible because they learned the benefits of work preteen. When I was a young man I first started working in the berry fields in the Puyallup Valley, picking strawberries in the spring on weekends, raspberries in the summer six days a week and blackberries in the fall on weekends.

As I got older I had a paper route, and then I worked at Andy’s grocery on the corner of 38th and G Street, bagging groceries and stocking shelves. These jobs aren’t available to children today. When my wife and I go to McDonald’s, Wendy’s, etc., we see many workers who are not teens; they are people who cannot find any other job.

So where are our children going to get work experience, learn how to manage money and learn the importance of saving? Before we criticize the young people for not working, we should look at ourselves and make sure we provide the opportunity for them to work.


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