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Promises of jobs

I have been interested in the campaign promises made for more jobs for California. Unfortunately, I have not heard any candidate describe the jobs they promise. I have heard the benefits for corporations to help provide jobs. But, what kind of jobs are we talking about? Are we talking about jobs that will pay an adequate wage?

Are we talking about jobs that will help the unemployed and working poor move out of the poverty level and have a standard of living that will provide adequate housing, a healthy nutritious diet for their families, adequate health care, including medical, vision and dental care?

Will they have the resources to provide opportunities for their children to further their education and for themselves an adequate retirement plan? Will the purpose of these jobs be to support the growth and development of corporate profits, bloated salaries for the executive officers and to benefit the shareholders?



Will the needs of the day-to-day workers that are the back bone of any corporation be ignored and overridden for the benefit of a very few? It is true our strength and wealth as a nation was built on this model. Perhaps it is time for a new model, where money and power are not the only goals, but quality of life for all our citizens is a value, a moral obligation and an ethical imperative.

Ruth Ghio




Grass Valley


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