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Letters, May 14

Jobs

I’ve read many opinions on the different reasons so many job openings are going unfilled, and I agree it’s a combination of things. However, one I haven’t heard mentioned, which is certainly true in this valley, is that many of the openings are for part-time work.

Not only part-time, but a schedule that changes from week to week, and often having to be “on call” for emergencies. This precludes getting a second job and makes child care all but impossible.

Needless to say, there are no benefits with part-time work. Anyone serving you or running a cash register has probably come up against this.

Americans aren’t lazy. Their work ethic borders on pathological. But for too long, they’ve been working harder and getting less. The disparity in income is ridiculous.

Put some fairness into how you treat your employees and you’ll have your workers.

S. Thomson

Talent

Disappointment in OSF

No, OSF hasn’t produced Shakespeare play readings, but lectures on racism and short films about racism are not to be dismissed. Issues of racism apply to all of us.

Anyone who watched the OSF Talking Back series, learned the challenges faced by people of color taking the helm of a traditionally white institution. Nataki Garrett was hired to bring vision and change. Yet when change actually changes things, the experience can be jarring and uncomfortable at first.

Opinions have impact. I’ve learned that Black people must constantly weigh the consequences of opinions they express. The consequences could be dire, anything from losing respect, colleagues, a job, a life. White people, on the other hand, have the privilege of expressing their opinion without considering the long-term impact.

Many of us are disappointed that we haven’t been able to attend our beloved OSF productions and it’s easy to incite unrest among the frustrated. I’ve already heard grumblings due to the column.

Was it the intent of Mary Ann Gernegliaro (guest opinion, May 6) to diminish support of OSF management, or did she just want to vent? I believe it would benefit Ashland to support OSF leadership by granting some time, curiosity and goodwill rather than tearing it down piece by piece as it tries to build a framework for a wider audience.

Elizabeth Fairchild

Ashland