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Re “Chamber seeks more funding for jobs program” (News article, April 23):

A recent article in The Anniston Star caught my attention. At first glance, helping people displaced by downsizing at Anniston Army Depot appeared to be a good use of resources, However, the devil is in the details.

This program is funded by the federal government. You know, the big, bad, federal government that is consistently under attack by our entire lot of representatives in Congress.

In case you did not read far enough, the original government grant that is free taxpayer money was $600,000. Here’s what got me to thinking: $350,000 was spent to come up with a “comprehensive strategic plan.” The remaining $250,000 was used locally to provide salaries, computers and space at the depot to work with the folks losing their jobs.

I don’t know about the rest of you, but no one gave me a dime for my job search or provided a study of my job skills the last time I lost my job. Let me get this straight: If you lose your job working on a government project or facility, the government comes to your job-search rescue while the rest of us fend for ourselves.

While I am all for displaced workers finding new jobs, I am not happy with the wasteful spending of tax dollars in a time of cutbacks in every sector of the government. I believe $350,000 could be better spent finding jobs instead of providing a wasteful government study. Remember, we are talking about more than half of a million dollars.

Either you believe in smaller government or you don’t, but you can’t have it both ways. Government spending for your needs is OK, but for someone else’s needs is not. That reminds me of a selfish kid.

Mark D. Voorhest
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