Writer rethinks the plight of ‘bums’
Editor: I noticed my recent letter regarding homeless as bums who won’t work, and mentioned alligators, drew as much flak as a World War II B-29 over Tokyo. So, upon further review, I would like to rescind that Letter and apologize.
Talking with employers over the years about their problems finding good applicants for even unskilled jobs, two areas of rejection emerge and are common.
The most common is that they cannot pass the drug test, which reveals how much of our population has a terrible time shaking off addiction.
The second most common seems to be an obscure conviction for a non-violent offense, often when they were younger. Either of these situations means the insurance company that writes the liability bond for employees rejects them.
It must be terribly frustrating to be rejected when one is trying to make headway from their present position. In this country, no one should go hungry.