Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Employment Isn't Only for Needy, So Be Quiet about Friends' Plans

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Employment Isn't Only for Needy, So Be Quiet about Friends' Plans

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DEAR MARY ANN: I know two people, both now retired from very successful jobs, who are both actively searching for employment. Both are quite secure financially. They are looking at positions that are well-paying and have good benefits. One has been offered an excellent position in the field where she worked prior to retirement and will likely accept it. Although I have not voiced an opinion, I feel that, in this time of great unemployment, there is a moral issue at hand here. There are so many, many people who have been un- or underemployed for so long, not to mention younger people graduating from college and then our military veterans going into the workforce who desperately need such jobs, in this case, taken by people who in no way need them. Both people want to work to have this extra money to travel extensively or to acquire some sort of material goods, e.g., more expensive cars, home additions. From our conversations, neither feels a desire to work again out of any sense of needing self-fulfillment. I have gently mentioned using their skills to volunteer or in some sort of endeavor to help others in need. I know it is not my "business," but personally I could never take a job (even though I am not nearly as well off as these two) that another so greatly needs. Your opinion?

-- SHARE THE PIE

DEAR SHARE THE PIE: Your concern for the less fortunate in the job market is commendable but unrealistic. People in this country are free to work. As long as men and women are doing a good job and there are no age restrictions in their field, they do not have to step down so another can take their place in the workforce. Furthermore, there is not a direct correlation between the job you would have them forfeit and an unemployed person. I have never seen a classified ad that said "only the unemployed need apply." Wanting to work to be able to pay for an enhanced lifestyle is a personal option.

If you truly believe that you could never take a job that another person so greatly needs, let me assure you that right now there is someone out there who could use your job. …

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