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Jul. 01, 2009 @ 12:00 AM

Are courtesy, respect things of the past?

My husband's grandfather recently passed away. As we traveled from Chapman's Mortuary to Ridgelawn Memorial Park in the funeral procession, it was nice to see many cars pull over and show their respect. I even noticed the gentleman mowing the grass at Haught Chiropractic pause and stand quietly as we rolled along. His simple act was a powerful sign of respect and caring.

Soon thereafter, I was appalled by a tow truck that zoomed up beside us. Keep in mind, my truck is near the front of the processional -- just a handful of vehicles behind the hearse.

The tow truck driver proceeds to abruptly cut us off and break the funeral procession so that he does not miss the I-64 East on-ramp at the 29th Street interchange. Obviously, my family was outraged. It goes without saying that this outpouring of ignorance and disrespect will not be forgotten. Nor will the Roland Family ever use this company for any of our towing-related needs.

Let this letter serve as a reminder to take time out to show respect to those who have passed before you. It is noticed and appreciated by the loved ones left behind.

Melissa Roland

Huntington

Unemployment needs a closer look

Twenty-five states, including West Virginia, have expanded eligibility for unemployment insurance under American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which provides federal money to states to modernize a system that hasn't changed much since the 1930s.

During the regular session, lawmakers changed the base period for calculating eligibility, a step that will help an estimated 500 jobless West Virginians and bring in $11 million.

We can draw down $22 million more by making two out of four possible changes to the unemployment system: offering benefits to those seeking only part-time work; to people who lost jobs due to compelling family reasons such as domestic violence or having to follow a relocating spouse; providing an allowance for dependents; and providing benefits to jobless workers who have exhausted regular benefits and are now in a job training program.

Of the four, two stand out as easy changes that would help many state families: benefits for part-time workers and those who lost jobs for family reasons but are now available for work. The $22 million would fund these changes for more than seven years.

This should be at the top of the legislative agenda next time around.

Rick Wilson

Milton

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