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April 3, 2014

I want to thank the United States Senate, Congress, on delaying unemployment benefits for our military service members....

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rmiller

Apr-05-14 11:16 PM

Lauri,

Setting aside veterans' children vs. a civilians' child....and at first I thought we were only speaking to veterans and not children...but less I digress..

Unemployment comp is just that, unemployment comp. Regardless of extension or not, sooner or later everyone who has been there done it, knows there is an end? Are you presuming to tell us that if it weren't for the extension, no one would be hungry? This isn't about children, it's about adults acting like adults. They had a job or they wouldn't have benefits. Are we to once again assume that they "lost" their job due to company shutdowns/cutbacks or perhaps a fault of the employee and the co. simply won't do the battle to fight the unemployment? Whatever the reason for the job ending, the compensation to carry them over to the next job has an ending. And, it comes as no surprise. Plz don't put the children out to buffer a weak argument. The adult lost the job, let the adult get another one.

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rmiller

Apr-05-14 11:16 PM

Lauri,

Setting aside veterans' children vs. a civilians' child....and at first I thought we were only speaking to veterans and not children...but less I digress..

Unemployment comp is just that, unemployment comp. Regardless of extension or not, sooner or later everyone who has been there done it, knows there is an end? Are you presuming to tell us that if it weren't for the extension, no one would be hungry? This isn't about children, it's about adults acting like adults. They had a job or they wouldn't have benefits. Are we to once again assume that they "lost" their job due to company shutdowns/cutbacks or perhaps a fault of the employee and the co. simply won't do the battle to fight the unemployment? Whatever the reason for the job ending, the compensation to carry them over to the next job has an ending. And, it comes as no surprise. Plz don't put the children out to buffer a weak argument. The adult lost the job, let the adult get another one.

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LauriH

Apr-04-14 4:43 PM

SilverFeather, I feel the same hungry is hungry no matter who. I can not believe the mentallity of some on here that think people love being on food stamps or welfare,collecting unemployment instead of finding a family sustainable job. Some are so quick to help other countries but refuse to help our own including veterans. Very sad.

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SilverFeather

Apr-04-14 4:26 PM

A hungry unemployed secretary's child feels the hunger pains just as bad as a hungry Veterans child. The pain is all the same no matter which child is hungry. Time to stop playing games with the middle class and poor. And never forget, if someone is eligible for unemployment comp. they had to have put into the system and they'd rather be working! No one enjoys collecting foodstamps or unemployment benefits after being a working member of society. Remember what is being done the the lesser people when you vote and know that with the way the wealthy 1% are taking over this country (an example is the recent SCOTUS ruling) you could be the very next in line at the soup kitchen or in line at the market with your foodstamps!

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LauriH

Apr-03-14 10:37 PM

I so do not want to get into a debate on who is more worthy. I am merly saying that the cuts that the republicans are pushing to make will effect everyone from the very people who protected us and served our country greatly,they will be also pushed aside just as the average person who recently lost their job. So sad that we would be a country that would let that happen to anyone, it does not matter hungry is hungry. With all due respect the people who inlist in the military know the risks the children who don't have dinner at night is not by their choice. I have nothing against the veterans, as I have many family members who were or are at the present time. This really should not even be an issue but due to the jackholes that we have ( all of them) running the show we have the ability to hand over billions of (US) dollars to help other countries but no extension for the unemployed.

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rmiller

Apr-03-14 9:54 PM

Lauri,

I agree that "all" people are equal with respect to not "starving" one person over another. We have thousands of US Veterans on the streets, hungry. Do I think they are more worthy of a meal that a "regular" person? No.....but I would feed a veteran first. Why? Because he/she gave a part of their life to defend this country, knowing they could be literally giving their lives. Does that make them extra special? Well...it makes then "special."

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LauriH

Apr-03-14 9:29 PM

Erik I did not say anything about starving parents, but I am positive they exist right here in Williamsport. Why is it ok to cut benefits for so called "regular people" but as soon as you take anything from veterans it is such a travisty? I think it is rotten to do it to anyone. Many of these "parents" lost jobs due to various reasons and even though they worked for years they are suddenly cut off from any benefits at all,that is not right in my opinion. The republicans are going after any social program they can to make their cuts,not to the wealthy but the poor and yes it seems now the veterans. I realize you are not a fan of programs that help people over bad times but in reality this is still in a bad time for some and yes that includes veterans.

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eriklatranyi

Apr-03-14 9:00 PM

LauriH:

Where are all these starving parents?

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LauriH

Apr-03-14 8:29 PM

Yes, that is a horrible thing, but so to is not taking into account the 1.7 million (and counting)that lost their unemployment benefits right after the holidays after only collecting the minimum of 26 weeks. What happened to their extension? These are hardworking parents and they are also trying to raise a family and keep a roof over their heads while trying to find a job. If you want more of the cuts to social programs like that just vote for your neighborhood republican that is all they want to do is cut programs that help the poor and working class and now you see also the veterans. Sad to say but you served your purpose in their eyes and now they turn their backs on you to.

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