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Put welfare recipients to work on Florence cleanup

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Recently, Gary Bachara, a retired Marine, wrote a letter suggesting that Marines from Cherry Point, Camp Lejeune and New River along with soldiers from Fort Bragg be used to clean up and rebuild after Hurricane Florence. He wondered how to get this activity in motion. Semper Fi, brother, it’s a great idea. The short answer is to get a lot of people to write their senator. The squeaky wheel gets the grease.

Let’s take it a step farther. During the Great Depression, President Roosevelt established the Civilian Conservation Corps on April 5, 1933. The CCC was designed to provide jobs for young men and to relieve families who had difficulty finding jobs. An individual’s enrollment in the CCC led to improved physical condition, heightened morale and increased employability. Participants planted more than 3 billion trees, constructed trails and shelters in more than 800 parks in the U.S. and helped build roads and bridges such as on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

They enrolled mostly unskilled and unemployed men between the ages of 18 to 27 who were for the most part on government assistance. They received payment every month in addition to room and board and received basic and vocational education while they served.

Suggestion: The Marine Corps and the Army builds and operates tent camps in and around the areas affected by Florence. Take all of North Carolina’s capable but lazy welfare recipients, both male and female, and put them to work cleaning up and rebuilding. They receive vocational and on-the-job training and receive pay, room and board. Work-capable people who choose not to participate are cut from the welfare system. After the Florence cleanup is complete, these workers could continue cleanup of highways and roads, state and national parks and work on projects as directed by state officials.

Recently, two friends and I had the displeasure of meeting a 31-year-old man who was proud that he had not worked a day in his life, said he lived off his mother and dad’s Army retirement, had an $800 cellphone and was going to Bermuda for a week. He is a prime candidate for the above suggested program.

God bless America and Semper Fi.

Art Tozzi

Wilson

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