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Letter: A hand up is better than a hand out

To the Editor:

When I was a teenager, I worked delivering papers and doing small engine repairs. As I got older, I formed a three-piece band and later met my soon-to-be wife playing at a party. I continued to play music to even this very day.

However, I married early and started college at night, continuing while working and playing music. I eventually earned  degrees and worked many jobs and still played music. When I was 24 I was drafted during the Vietnam war. I did my time and came home and continued my education and playing music.

Why am I telling you all this?I just wanted to let the person who wrote an opinion in The Herald-News referencing me and others about poverty while still working many jobs. I have been there, but continued to work and get an advanced education.  Why? Because I wanted more in life then living in poverty.

Life is what you make of it. If you are working two or three jobs and still find yourself at the poverty level, then something is wrong. You are working the wrong jobs.

The unions and schools in our country offer a lot of ways of educating you in a trade. Look into this and make your life better. Get a hand up not a hand out.

Ray Malmgren

New Lenox

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