Re: Tenn. judge to moms: Learn English or lose kids
devnull at spamcop.net
Tue Feb 1 09:53:36 EST 2005
Frog Prince wrote:
> "J. Weaver Jr."
> | > Based on my personal observations of the job market in the Appalachians
> | > unlikely as many native English speaking workers have to work several
> | > to stay afloat. BTW staying afloat equates to keeping your nose barely
> | > above water and fearing the sound the motor boat of additional lay offs.
> | I spent a couple hours talking to one of the contractors that just redid
> | my kitchen countertops (replacing 30-year-old Formica with shiny _new_
> | Formica). _His_ observation, commenting on all the new home construction
> | and remodeling going on in this area (metro DC) was that anyone who
> | didn't have a job (even as a day laborer) didn't _want_ a job.
> | <shrug> Just his opinion, but he and his son were spending the last days
> | of three straight work weeks away their home in the Carolinas. They
> | _wanted_ to work, and they were. (And they did good work, too.) -JW
> Plant in Conover NC has been in business more that 100 years just announced
> that by Aril they will be completely shut down. Some employees have been
> working there for 40+ years will be on the street as will several hundred
> others. Much like other workers in this area (Kannapolis plant when out of
> business ~ one year ago and laid off 4500 people) there are few jobs in any
> field to apply for. USAir (you know the one that just filed bankruptcy for
> the second time in a few years) announced the opening service at the local
> airport. Had 6000 applicants for 4 positions.
> Operation making insulation for autos in Fort Mill NC is on short shifts
> (<30 hours) due to low demand. Retail in Pigeon Forge TN and surrounding
> area has low unemployment but majority of the jobs are ~ minimum wage.
> Both NC and Tenn. have cut their health care programs for the low income
> I know personally of several families in this area where both patents have
> to drive several hundred miles to find work that not counting commuting
> expense results in substance wages.
> According to the government the disposable income for Americans went up last
> year STRICTLY due to MS $3 dividend otherwise the rate of increase was
> neutral. (some areas more some areas less)
> Regardless the probability of language lessons increasing the lady's income
> is extremely low. Not having the benefit of the full facts in the case my
> take is the judge is giving the lady a mandate without the tools to do the
> job. (Sound anything like our federal government and unfunded mandates?)
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