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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Affeldt needs to learn more about the realities citizens face

  • Elected officials ignorant of the facts is nothing new. However last week when Polk County Commissioner Warren Affeldt declared that people on MN Care are ‘lazy’ (Times 6/26/13), it was quite stunning to have such ignorance so boldly displayed.
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  •     Elected officials ignorant of the facts is nothing new.  However last week when Polk County Commissioner Warren Affeldt declared that people on MN Care are ‘lazy’ (Times 6/26/13), it was quite stunning to have such ignorance so boldly displayed.
        Apparently Mr. Affeldt is clueless as to the nature of our current economy and the conditions faced by millions of low and even medium wage workers.  Many of these workers work hard at jobs that don’t pay a living wage, have no benefits, and often manipulate the number of hours available to workers so that they don’t have to give basic benefits.  As just one example, currently in the United States 43 percent of women work at jobs that don’t even offer one paid sick day a year (Mother Jones 6/27/13).
     
        Furthermore, millions of Americans are just one medical incident away from bankruptcy, and they are offered no protection by their employer and have no personal or sick time to fall back on. 
        MN Care is a wonderful program that gives a great benefit to people who work at such jobs.  This is the sort of positive use of our tax dollars that a sane and decent society gives to people who make our auto parts, greet us at Walmart, clean our hotel rooms, and work at thousands of other low wage ‘service’ jobs.
        Is there a problem in our country with a sense of entitlement and a lack of willingness to work hard?  Yes indeed there is.  However this problem is found with far more frequency among affluent young people than among the working poor. 
        If Commissioner Affeldt is going to continue to represent this county, it would be wonderful if he could learn more about the realities facing many of our citizens. 

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