Labor policies are a threat to recovery
In March and April 2019, the Social Security Administration sent letters to hundreds of thousands of business owners, notifying them that the names of some employees did not match the Social Security numbers on their tax forms.
These “no-match letters” sowed fear and confusion in restaurants that depended on immigrant employees. They put restaurant owners in a dilemma: do they fire the undocumented employees and go out of business or retain them and break the law?
The pandemic solved their dilemma by requiring them to close. What happened to the significant number of undocumented workers?
Sadly, these workers were not entitled to unemployment insurance and not included in the published unemployed statistics. Importantly, they are not in the current pool of available workers.
Restaurants are gradually reopening and bidding against each other to hire from the significantly depleted pool of workers.
My concern is that the consumption services are already hiring-away employees from elder care and assisted living communities, nursing homes, hospitals, childcare and schools, to the point that some are having to curtail services.
Unless we find a way to allow undocumented workers to work legally, some restaurants will not reopen, and personal services will be severely curtailed in a matter of months.
Who’s going to take care of your parents, your grandparents?
I am 92; who’s going to take care of me?
Parents need to discipline their kids
I was a little disturbed to read the article (“Justices rule for student in ‘cursing cheerleader’ case”) in the Daily Gazette on June 24.
The Supreme Court ruled in the case of a high school freshman who was suspended from the junior varsity cheerleading squad for a vulgar post on social media.
It seems to me to be indicative of where this country is that a 14-year-old girl who throws F-bombs on social media is NOT disciplined by her parents for her language and lack of restraint.
They could have used the episode as a moment to teach self-discipline and that you don’t always get your own way. But instead they supported her to the extent that the case went all the way to the Supreme Court, an incredible waste of everyone’s time and money.
It used to be that parents supported the schools and expected a certain amount of self-discipline and civility from their children. No more. It’s no wonder the schools are in the shape they are.
Phyllis M. Decker
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