Shame on gov­ern­ment

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Dear ed­i­tor:

Satur­day’s ar­ti­cle about Magic Springs be­ing fined for la­bor vi­o­la­tions dis­turbed me. First, Magic Springs is a great em­ployer and a main­stay of our lo­cal econ­omy. As a teenager, I was thrilled to get my first job there. They em­ploy a lot of young peo­ple, and it was a great en­vi­ron­ment to work in.

So it’s trou­bling to me that they were fined over 13K by the fed­eral gov­ern­ment be­cause, as crazy as it sounds, young peo­ple wanted to work. In this day and age of so­cial pro­grams, gov­ern­ment hand­outs, ab­ject lazi­ness on the part of teens, here we have young peo­ple want­ing to work, and be­cause they worked a cou­ple of ex­tra hours, or past pre­scribed times, the park was pe­nal­ized. Has any­one from this fed­eral depart­ment taken a look around our coun­try re­cently? You can’t get adults to work. So you pe­nal­ize an em­ployer be­cause they cre­ate an en­vi­ron­ment in which teenagers (who by and large are lazy, dumb, and feel en­ti­tled) ac­tu­ally want to work?

Shame on the gov­ern­ment, and if I were Magic Springs, I would tell them to take their fine and stick it where the roller coast­ers don’t shine.

Chris Cov­ing­ton Hot Springs

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