Breaking News Bar
posted: 9/1/2012 5:00 AM

Put people to work cleaning public areas

hello
Success - Article sent! close
 

I was a standby juror at the Cook County circuit court in Rolling Meadows on Aug. 13. The experience gave me a good feeling. Everyone connected with the Jury Assembly Area was pleasant and made me feel welcome and important.

But one thing really concerned me: the filth and lack of maintenance in the parking facility, especially the stairwells. And I'm thinking -- with all the people collecting money from, or being supported by, the state of Illinois -- why do we have such a mess in our public buildings? How about rather than welfare, we call it "workfare." You get a check and you do something for it like clean up or paint something. That sounds fair.

Order Reprint Print Article
 
Interested in reusing this article?
Custom reprints are a powerful and strategic way to share your article with customers, employees and prospects.
The YGS Group provides digital and printed reprint services for Daily Herald. Complete the form to the right and a reprint consultant will contact you to discuss how you can reuse this article.
Need more information about reprints? Visit our Reprints Section for more details.

Contact information ( * required )

Success - request sent close

And rather than an unemployment benefit, perhaps it should be called "Something To Do While You're Looking For Work." There's plenty of work to be done; we just need the people to do it. And, hey, they have the time, no?

How about all those incarcerated in our jails and prisons? Getting three squares a day. No rent payments or other living expenses while they're paying back their debt to society. Aren't they creating an even bigger debt? This could be great payback time. And they can start with a broom or a paint brush.

We have got to harness this labor resource and start fixing up our infrastructure and at the same time give people a sense of pride that they are doing something positive. And all of you who are littering and making the mess, please clean up your act because I'm sure there's no way any of the above solutions will ever be reality.

Bill Holtane

Des Plaines

Share this page
Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.
    help here