Two articles in the Sunday edition: Strong economic news for county and Wall Street is supposed to serve the economy.

I like Mr. Weldon’s ideas about Frederick County and his thoughts on improving our county. He is trying and he is right about our national politicians not getting on with business.

In the news Saturday, I read about 1.5- to 3-mile-long trains that are in service. Wall Street applauded, but what are all the laid-off workers going to do if a computer takes their jobs. Stock margins go up.

The next point I address is the bailout lifting farm profits that I read about in another paper. Apparently 10 percent of the assisted farms got half of the federal aid. I think we are lucky to have the farming operations we have in Frederick, and my question is, did our farmers get the help they were looking for?

The country’s birth rate is down by a million, and we know we need tradesman jobs, but it seems the bodies are not there even to train. The News-Post’s business section says that foreign students who want to work in the U.S. must navigate complex visa systems. So why are we so anti-immigrant? Heck, even the president hires immigrants.

Steelworkers are taking a hit in Mississippi, we need tradespeople in the country, and yet industry seems not to be training or paying what is needed to create a better economy.

What I see is the top 10 percent getting fatter, and the rest of us are getting shortchanged. So are we better off? I think not.

And, I think the above argument or statement is a good one for national health care. More on that later.

William Dolan

Mount Airy

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gabrielshorn2013

Mr. Dolan, regarding the loss of jobs through automation. Yes, and that has been predicted for years. Democrat Presidential candidate Andrew Yang has a very detailed book on the subject, and explains that the $1,000/month stipend will be required soon. Many low-skilled jobs are going away due to automation. That is a fact. We also have a glut of low skilled workers (for many reasons), and because of the law of supply and demand, it suppresses low-skilled job wages. Making the job of barista, or checkout clerk a career will never pay what will be needed in the future because of that. We have a shortage of qualified candidates for high skilled jobs in healthcare, STEM and IT. As of today on Monster.com, there are 700429 engineering positions open, 12771 jobs in the sciences, and 192262 mathematician jobs open. There are also shortages in jobs that do not need a college degree, such as the trades, transportation, and mining, all excellent pay, with a long future. As of today there are 72332 electrician jobs open, 12824 welder positions open, and 20960 plumber positions open. It is up to the individual to get the training necessary to fill these open positions. The Society for Human Resource Management (the group that all HR departments belong to) put out a report last year addressing these shortages. Forbes had an excellent article on the subject. Monster.com had a listing of these categories, and links

https://www.shrm.org/hr-today/trends-and-forecasting/research-and-surveys/Documents/SHRM%20Skills%20Gap%202019.pdf

https://www.forbes.com/sites/sarahchamberlain/2019/08/21/addressing-the-skilled-labor-shortage-in-america/#105ba00f181d

https://www.monster.com/career-advice/article/shrm-industries-need-more-workers-1216

hayduke2

Good points Gabriel... Training and education will be a "must have" for those looking for a decent wage and living standard in the near future, if not currently. Relying solely on manufacturing will not produce the number of employment opportunities available in the near past. Prolonging the idea that semi-skilled manufacturing jobs will save the nation is shortsighted.

CharlesNelsonReilly

If this is all the "Resist" folk can come up with, it's gonna be a long four more years for you guys. Bill's weekly "sky is falling" rants are tiresome and uniformed. There has never been a better time to be alive.... enjoy it.

hayduke2

Not a realistic outlook bro!

jsklinelga

Mr. Dolan.

Some of the issues you raised seem out of our control. But job training of skilled craftsman is a problem. Immigrants hold the majority of jobs in the skilled trade positions.I taught in an apprentice program for several years. Outside of unions, a dwindling source. contractors were reluctant to send young people because after several years they were required to pay them more. I actually got in a heated argument at a board meeting about this issue. But who can blame the contractor. Cheaper labor is abundantly available. Look around.

But what is most worrisome to me is the work ethic of younger Americans. And it is not really their fault. When have you seen a 16 year old working on a road crew, or pushing a wheel barrow or planting trees or carrying lumber. That was our training. I bet most people 55 years or older reading this worked when they were a teenager. They learned the value of hard work and gained skills. Now we hear talk of universal incomes. It is understandable. There is a disjunct between actual work performed and pay.

DickD

And I agree with you, Jim.

Working for A.T. & T. was great. Doing Customer Service Engineering engineers were sent to Cincinnati for training. Transmission engineers were sent to Atlanta for microwave engeering. But they were a large company and training expenses were part of their base for cost of services. The higher the cost the higher the profits.

hayduke2

jsk - curious, how in touch with young people are you? I know several, including my own children, between the ages of 16 and 20. ALL of them have summer jobs and actively pursue employment when they are not in school or college. Please don't generalize to a group or disparage young adults when you really don't have factual information to support it. Interesting stats - https://www.bls.gov/news.release/youth.nr0.htm

jsklinelga

hayduke2

That is interesting. I am glad your children work. What type of summer employment? Skilled trades, farm work, grass cutting? Maybe I am out of touch.

hayduke2

Extern at hospital, internships for resume building and service industries for income while in school. Others work at golf courses, construction and service industries

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