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Letters to the Editor

August 03, 2010

We're working ourselves out of work



To the editor:

What causes the loss of jobs? A job is work that needs to be done. Every worker upon completion of a particular piece of work has succeeded in working himself out of a job. Thus if a citizen needs a new home, this creates jobs for material supply-side workers, plus the labor of carpenters, masons, plumbers, electricians, etc. Completion means all of those employed in this endeavor are out of work unless a need for another home arrives under a contract to create more jobs for those unemployed after completion of the last job.

We started nation building in 1776, and millions of workers had the job of working to build entire cities out of plains and wilderness from 1776 to the year 2010. But 234 years later, Babylon (the United States) is finally built. The jobs of building railroads and interstates, connecting roads and bridges over rivers and streams are completed, and thus these jobs are lost. The massive amounts of steel required for the boom times have evolved into a trickle and the steel industry evolved into the rust-bucket era. Modern science and technology has succeeded in producing machines classified as modern marvels and cost the jobs of millions of hands replaced by robotics, mechanical fingers of iron and steel. As our population exploded from a few million in 1776 to one-third billion in 2010 the modern mechanical advantage produces a factory output that is so gigantic the supply side outstrips the demand. Thus, as the reaper and combine canceled the need for farm workers in the field, these unemployed stoop laborers could get a job in the factories building the tractors, combines and the reapers. But modern technology has become so marvelous that fewer human hands are required to triple the output of the tractors. Since housing has destroyed the farms, fewer tractors and reapers are needed and a few machines can displace hundreds of workers and place them on the list of the unemployed.

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We have evolved over the years into a nation that is becoming suffocated by massive overabundance of any material thing conceived by the human mind or the cornucopia or bounty of too much plenty. If we need job creation we could get Congress to start another "war," or at the local level we could create some new jobs by slashing some tires, bash in some windshields, or set some houses on fire. The area school board voted to close Coldbrook Elementary School, rather than create the jobs and the work of renovation.

Jim Thompson
Chambersburg, Pa.




Book sale was a tremendous success



To the editor:

On behalf of the Friends of Legal Services, I'd like to thank all the people and organizations that made our 26th annual Book Sale a tremendous success. We are especially grateful to local businesses and offices that served as donation sites; to the thousands of people who donated books; to Wilson College where we have held the sale for 26 years; and to the hard-working volunteers who sorted, priced, and sold tens of thousands of books.

We invite all readers and book lovers to our 2011 book sale May 6-8, 2011.

Carolyn L. Carter
Friends of Legal Services volunteer

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