In response to Joseph F. Morgan (Your Views, Aug. 17): The only people who are unemployed are people who don't want a job. I've been self-employed most of my adult life. I got my first job at age 13. I've never been unemployed for more than a few days since then. I married at age 16 and bought my first house at age 17. Most times I would take a job and not know what it paid until I got my first check. If the wage was unfair, I'd move on. I learned quickly that anyone willing to work as I was would never go hungry.
Still married to the same girl 40 years later and running a business that was a long, hard climb, I can tell you that nobody has ever given me anything. Our company pays top wages for skilled “labor” — tasks that are physically strenuous. It's hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It's hard work, but our people are well paid. The problem is finding someone willing to do it. I desperately need quality people with good backgrounds and a “git-'er-done!” attitude. I don't care what color, gender, race or point of origin, I would hire them.
If you're unemployed in Oklahoma, it's your fault. Our welfare system is the enabler that created this mess. The work-or-starve policy I grew up with was effective. We need to go back to it and get people off their butts and back on the job site.
Kevin Wiyninger, Midwest City
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