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shucks


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Posted - 06/30/2010 :  10:04:52 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
One of the appalling facts that has to be overcome is the total lack of opportunities for UCHS graduates.

We all aspire for our children and grandchildren to go to college and join a work force that will enable them to obtain the American dream.

Unfortunately the UCHS grads have to leave Union to get a decent job and the grads who go on to college rarely return as their companies they work for will relocate them. Once you get acclamated to an area, have a family, it is very difficult to go back.

It is a no brainer for a kid graduating to accept a $10.00 an hour job locally when there are jobs for grads out of Union that pay $60 to $80 per hour and more.

This is the real problem facing Union and has to be addressed by all concerned. The result if it isn't corrected will be a county mired in the doldrums while the rest of the world passes by.

Shucks

William R. Jenkins

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Posted - 06/30/2010 :  10:25:47 AM  Show Profile  Visit William R. Jenkins's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Shucks I don't think Union county has the inside track or are is it unique on this matter.Isn't it true that most rural area young people are faced with the same situation?WRJ

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shucks


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Posted - 06/30/2010 :  11:23:15 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yes, Mr. J--I should not have been so specific, but include North Georgia and rural areas also.The problem also manifest itself in metro areas also but not to the extent of rural areas.

As I travel around the South, I see way to many kids standing on the street corners, sitting in parking lots with their vehicles(as if they worship them) or just riding around. It looks as if they are lost in time with no focus.

There is an old middle east saying that means, Dust in the Wind, which is so sad but true.

Shucks

This situation is the greastest problem our nation has at this time.

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William R. Jenkins

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Posted - 06/30/2010 :  11:57:43 AM  Show Profile  Visit William R. Jenkins's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Shucks ,I warnt trying to defend Union cvounty or being disagreeable with you.I find it rather sad that some people in rural areas live their complete lives without accompolishing anything to benefit society.Of coarse that's my opinion and maybe they are happy.I thought you had retired from traveling.That proves only that I am not always right.WRJ

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shucks


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Posted - 06/30/2010 :  1:20:43 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
WRJ, I have retired from traveling-my main vice is sitting on my back deck, listening to the creek and drinking coffee with a little "Bailey's Cream for flavor.

I do get a request to work on occasion for some of my older accounts if they are really local and I have the inclination I will do.

Shucks

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meg

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Posted - 07/02/2010 :  11:16:43 PM  Show Profile  Visit meg's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Shucks, you are right about there not being many high-paying jobs around here. And Mr. Jenkins, you are correct that this is true of most rural areas. I think that in order to bring more high-paying jobs here, Blairsville would have to grow into a larger town than it is now. There are always trade-offs. Most high-paying jobs are located in larger cities and people who choose those jobs sacrifice the simpler life in a small town or have a really long commute. Of course, some people like the city life and it is not really a sacrifice for them to live there. We all have to decide what is really important to us and choose a career and location to fit our priorities. I choose to live here where life is simple and the cost of living is fairly low knowing that I make less money here than I could other places.
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William R. Jenkins

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Posted - 07/03/2010 :  12:40:21 PM  Show Profile  Visit William R. Jenkins's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Meg.I have had some compassion for a long time for those people in small places that must leave to find employment.There is an excellent chance that Union county will not change for the better (if one considers that for the better)for a very long time.There is another option for young people and that's going in the military.Actually I an not pro-military,but I realize the advantages of a military career.There are opportunities for further education offered while serving this country.When my mother died and I had not long started my junior year,the military was nearly my only option,due to the fact I was already helping to support my younger brothers.I was the first in my class to finish high school while stationed at Ft Benning.I owe nearly all my successes to my military career.WRJ U.S. Army Ret.And proud of it

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