Marchers resentful about loss of jobs

Austin American-Statesman Sunday - - VIEWPOINTS -

What is the core rea­son that peo­ple are march­ing in the streets of Amer­ica?

They want af­ford­able health care and jobs that pay liv­ing wages. Peo­ple believe that oth­ers are tak­ing their jobs, their liveli­hood. They think that oth­ers are “line butting” and tak­ing what they are en­ti­tled to have be­cause they are na­tive-born Amer­i­cans.

For ex­am­ple, coal min­ers have seen the de­mand for coal dis­ap­pear — and along with it their $23-an-hour jobs. The only jobs left are min­i­mum-wage jobs. Now they know the re­al­ity that a min­i­mum wage job won’t put a roof over their heads — and they hold “oth­ers” re­spon­si­ble. They feel that no elected of­fi­cials will save them un­less they take to the streets and take what is “right­fully” theirs. RICHARD R. TROXELL, AUSTIN

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