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Letters to the Editor

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The News Advertiser has been informative as of late, but I wanted to suggest one improvement for the city of Creston. We need to post job related openings or possibilies for the community of Creston. Most of the jobs in the Advertiser are for jobs out of town or far from Creston. People on limited income can not travel to jobs in Corning, Mount Ayr, Greenfield, Des Moines or Kansas City.

Some ads don’t specify what the candidate needs to do to obtain a job. I have struggled to maintain a job in the community and multiple organizations have dropped the ball in terms of helping me get or keep jobs ranging from Crossroads to Workforce Development to Vocational Rehab. It is just assumed that if somebody can’t go through 300 steps to get a job then the state shouldn’t do anything to help them although the employment rate in Creston is still near 10% and might be climbing.

Dollar Tree, Walmart, Bunn-O-Matic, Wellman’s, the City of Creston, the three hotels in the town, nurse stations, the hospital, the schools and the library are hiring but these jobs require steadfast effort and lots of hoops to jump through to maintain a job and survive and thrive financially in a town where traditions still rule. There is a significant portion of the community that is retired or nearing retirement and this is the old money so revered when talking about Creston.

For those younger than 50, that are single or struggling, there aren’t a lot of resources in the community for finding jobs and there needs to be some sort of digital ticker that keeps people informed about jobs such as displayed on the 34 Highway location next to the pier about the hospital or the library digital ticker, or the schools message board on Townline. The state and Governor Reynolds are still primarily concerned with people having COVID-19 when there are less than 20 cases in Union County over the last five months. If they can play major league baseball and basketball than average people can get a job in Creston without being overly worried about getting COVID-19. So keep the information coming, News Advertiser, but keep it relevant. 

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