I wish Michael Escañuelas had taken a bit more time to consider his words in “Life in the Unemployment Line” (Feb. 20, 2009). I am sure he enjoyed his “free money” and “free handouts” and am sure he had “glorious months” of buying his dog “cute collars” and paying for Netflix. Unfortunately, he is the exact reason people criticize unemployment insurance, forgetting that there are tens of thousands out there for whom unemployment benefits are not means to pay for Netflix but rather a means to buy their children food.
Mr. Escañuelas is an English major. He should understand that language has enormous power, and he should also understand that these are critical economic times when unemployment benefits are going to be the only means of survival for many families.
David R. Werner
Chairman, Department of English