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A Cowboy’s Faith: Plenty of jobs available

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Many people really just don’t want to work.”

Unemployment figures are tabulated regularly, often reporting decline in people with jobs. Of course, with exceptions, most people do work. Yet, they too expect some time off for relaxation, and then are ready to get back to useful employment.

Truth is there are bunches of occupations available. Just look at the want ads, help needed categories on the computer.

Admittedly majority of the tasks require certain skills that are not readily available. Always there are jobs requiring minimal abilities be able to walk, lift, talk, show up, and that’s about it. Oh, there’s a drug test requirement nowadays putting handicap on a certain number, too.

So getting work may not be as easy as it seems. Some folks can’t walk; more others can’t lift; increasing numbers can’t speak so others understand. And, there’s that illegal medication dilemma.

Still, the biggest problem, according to many employers talked to, workers showing up. New personnel come the first day, maybe even regularly for a couple of weeks. Then the worker doesn’t come in or even report in. Sometimes they’ll come in the next day and except to work, and get fired.

Others are forgiven again and again but keep testing the employer until they’re forced to be let go, too.

Even those who are dedicated employees, good workers, seem to have incomprehensible number of conflicts. They have a snotty nose; their children are sick; there’s a ballgame to see; parents are incapacitated; something else.

Soon all vacation time and sick leave are used up. The employee still expects time off. And usually gets it, or quits the job.

Now let it be known, construction workers are appreciated. Especially the highway builders, repairmen, ditch diggers, and all who are essential to modern convenient transportation, luxury society.

Still, that’s what brought the subject up. Count the workers required to fix a pavement pothole. There are truck and tractor operators, two shovel handlers, an overseer and three flagmen. Multiply that multiples with a major project.

Most people could hold up a shovel or flag as easy as being unemployed. Or as holding out a give me bucket at the corner of First and Main.

Reminded of Proverbs 12:11: “The one who stays on the job has food on the table; the witless chase whims and fancies.”

030615-franksmug2Frank J. Buchman is a lifelong rancher from Alta Vista, a lifetime newspaper writer, syndicated national ag writer and a radio marketing consultant. He writes a weekly column to share A Cowboy’s Faith.

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