Friday, October 23, 2009

Franklin (For the Unemployed and Underpaid)

Sad news out of Franklin, Va. The International Paper mill there will be shutting down completely and permanently, putting 1,100 people out of work. If you're reading this from Franklin, you have my genuine sympathy. I remember when Tultex had a closing of similar magnitude back in 1999--it was devastating.

After that Tultex closing, then-Governor Jim Gilmore vetoed a bipartisan proposal to extend unemployment benefits for the laid-off workers, saying he didn't want to treat one region of the state differently from another.

Here's hoping for a quick recovery in Franklin. And here's hoping that whoever our next governor is, he's not so blinded by ideology that he refuses to help his constituents when they need it most.

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