In response to your April 13 editorial “Where are the jobs?” For years, the number of people unemployed has differed considerably from unemployment figures. The jobless rate is useless when considering the plight of the those who need work.
When unemployed people find work, the job is more likely to pay less, and have fewer benefits than their previous job. Many people have had to give back pay and benefits to keep their jobs. That would include government workers — except for members of Congress, but they rarely work anyhow.
Where are the living-wage jobs?
Chaplain needed better reference
I congratulate you on your April 16 editorial “Chaplain’s heroism” that recognized the heroism of U.S. Army Chaplain Emil Kapaun, who was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously.
I was disappointed in the manner in which the editorial referred to him. The title “Mr.” Kapaun fails to recognize him for the person he was. He should have been referred to as Father Kapaun, a Catholic priest, or Chaplain Kapaun, a chaplain in the U.S. Army.
Attorney cared about people
Lawyer John ‘Bulldog’ Rust was to me, an attorney, the soul of an increasingly soul-less profession (“‘Star-spangled’ lawyer sought many offices,” April 13).
Mr. Rust cared about two things: his clients and the law. The enumerable hours he spent at the University of Toledo law library reflect his uncompromising view of law, and that he could find a theory that would support his client’s claim.
Was he unrealistic at times? Certainly. Did he try to tackle matters that he understood incompletely? To be sure. But unlike lawyers in glass towers in New York City and Los Angeles, he cared personally about the people he represented. He took on their burdens.
While it may be the case that Mr. Rust could have learned a bit of law from some of us attorneys, it is nonetheless the case that we could learn a great deal from the love he demonstrated for his clients and the law.
O’Hair item a welcome tribute
I was glad to see the In Memoriam birthday notice regarding Madalyn Murray O’Hair in The Blade April 13. She bravely represented a minority group when “atheist” was considered to be a bad word. She did her chosen life’s work well.
I congratulation the friend who ran that tribute. Kudos to The Blade for publishing it.