Speak Out: A senator who needs to work?
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Jan 31, 2014 | 1975 views |  0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Re “Working for help” (News article, Jan. 23):

Sen. Bryan Taylor’s bill would require anyone receiving public assistance to do 20 hours of community service. Sen. Taylor needs to look into the requirements to receive assistance. TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) recipients are already required to look for work, and if they do not find a job, they are required to work at work-sites established by the Department of Human Resources.

Perhaps those people sitting on their porches while Sen. Taylor is riding around had just worked all night or had worked a 12-hour shift, and perhaps he is seeing them on one of their days off?

A better question is why is he not working? How dare he judge? Just because the people he refers to do not live in big, nice homes does not mean that they are not hard-working people. Could they possibly be working harder than the senator? Better yet, why doesn’t he get out of his car,talk to them and attempt to discover the real needs of his constituents? What a novel idea.

Mellie Parrish
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