Elimination of turnpike tolls just a salesman's pitch
After reading a turnpike article in the Bluefield Daily Telegraph April 6 quoting Delegate Marty Gearheart, R-Mercer, as saying “I’m a salesman and I’ve been told I have a little time. I plan to use that time,” many things became clear to me.
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Children once had to work to help feed their families
By the time most high school students turn 16 years of age, they’re already looking for a part-time job.
They mainly want to work so they can afford an automobile. When they get one, they have to keep on working to pay for it and keep it on the road.
As a result, the job takes a priority over everything else — school, sports, leisure, even sleep.
Working teens are nothing new on the American landscape. But today’s youth work because they choose to do it.
It wasn’t always like that, though.
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