I don’t think I have been asleep about current events now, or ever. But I don’t understand the homeless or chronically unemployed in Belleville. Even during the Depression or its remains, I remember “hobos” coming to my grandmother’s back door for handouts. Always given something. But they were not considered homeless, just searchers.
What did our ancestors do when opportunities seemed slim here or in Oklahoma? They left town and went searching. They populated the states of California, Washington and all of the southwest. Have we just made it too profitable for people to give up and depend on state or federal aid? I am retired but I read the want ads in the Belleville News-Democrat daily. There are many, many (a lot) of jobs going wanting which require only a high school education. (But you don’t get a free cell phone.)
I knew the plight of unemployment, I experienced it as the world changed, but not long term. I moved to the south, then Kansas City, Montana, and, of course, St. Louis. If I had ever became homeless, it would be in the west side of Florida or Key West, not Belleville. My searches after age 40 were the best times of my life. So my suggestion is to get up, get out, and go where the jobs are. That is our history, you can’t wait for business to come to you.
Joseph Reichert, Belleville