Dreaming Big Again, March Stay Thirsty column


Sam and I rode Amtrak from New York to Washington, D.C. and back last month because we had two screenings of Set for Life in the capitol city. The crowded train rumbled along this portion of the nation’s heavily populated Northeast Corridor at a middling pace, not a rapid, smooth roll. The WiFi reception onboard this time was respectable, thank goodness. It is never lightning fast, but sometimes it is nonexistent.

Along the route, we passed hundreds of abandoned buildings – former homes and businesses – crumbling, decaying, surrounded by heaps of trash and filth. The passengers concentrated on their laptops or conversations and ignored the depressing view that could be seen through the train’s windows. They seemed to have acclimated themselves to the gloomy vista of struggling cities within the context of a weak national economy.  To read more, click here.

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Maria said:

I've been out of work for almost 2 years. Doesn't seem that a college degree, years of experience, or an impeccable work history (never call in sick) matter anymore. Jobs I've applied for (hundreds of resumes & memberships in websites) don't generate responses, yet I've seen the same positions come back around again only after a short time. Who are these people hiring? Also, several interviews have resulted in no responses (letters, calls, or e-mails). The older worker is being snubbed for younger workers who, in most cases, require hefty training dollars. Why not save the money and pay an experienced, reliable 50+ employee?

Michael said:

http://www.alternet.org/economy/7-chilling-facts-about-retirement-america-should-make-obama-tremble-cutting-social-security?akid=10299.115206.b0z6oZ&rd=1&src=newsletter821207&t=4

Lynnette said:

I am 55 in August in 2011 I thought finally i have found my job to last for 10 or more years. the company has had a set back due to the financial climate in the solar industry. Not to my inabillity to be unable to do my job. So i have been made redundant. I am still helping out to keep everything up to date. Due to this I have applied for numerous office manager or administration positions to no avail. I then took on a retail position just for an income stream. Well $18.10c per hour permanent part time 17.5 hour per month. When extra hours are available they said sign the variation form or you don't have the opportunity to work extra hours. I sign the form to get the hours and a wage but this is not what the over 50's should be asked to do.

michael said:

very sobering statistics. http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-04-05/people-not-labor-force-soar-663000-90-million-labor-force-participation-rate-1979-le

Ron said:

Recruiters are part of the whole scheme, how many of them are over 35, it's a sales job after all. They have a pigeon hole to fill and if you don't fit it they don't want to have to work for their money or put any effort in in providing a service to the side that don't pay the bill at the end of the day.

Michael said:

http://gigaom.com/2013/03/26/the-aarp-is-looking-for-some-good-baby-boomer-entrepreneurs-to-back/#comments

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