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March 13, 2009

Enough with the gloom and doom

Two articles in The Star's 3/10 Business section perked my gray cells.

The headline of the first article, "13 percent of metro area employers plan job cuts," reinforced the gloomy economic news. Reading past the headline informed the reader that 74 percent of the area employers planned to stay the same and 11 percent planed to hire more workers. Two percent didn't have a clue what was happening.

I don't want sugar-coated news, but I'm tired of always seeing the accent on the negative. Why not "11 percent plan to hire additional workers," or "Some plan cuts and some plan hiring?"

The other article from the business blog, "Stretching that unemployment check" stated that the maximum unemployment benefit in Missouri of $320 per week covers just 26.4 percent of the cost of living in Kansas City. A little math tells me that if that is true, then it takes about $60,000 a year to cover the cost of living in Kansas City. I'll bet a lot of families are doing fine on less than that.

Bob Baltzell



Well, what do you expect? It's the news media, and God forbid they should report any glass as half full. I harp on this one all the time, and I'll harp on it again. It's springtime, right? Wrong. According to Mike Thompson, Katie Horner and the rest of them, it's tornado season.

You'd have to hold a gun to my head to get me to watch local news and weather in Kansas City...or any other city for that matter.

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Oh, rilly? Remember, if they're very lucky, they're on COBRA, and if they're not....

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