What we have here is a communication failure | Letters
Years ago, in the musical “High Society”, Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby sang Cole Porter’s song, “Well, Did You Evah (Ever)”. It was a lovely ditty expressing multiple frustrations at things not going right.
Well, have you ever had a more recent problem with a package delivery, credit card charge, website, or government agency?
Determined to put your world back in order, you found and called a phone number to fix the problem. It was answered with a recording giving you a digital soup of buttons to press, depending on the situation. Usually the menu starts with “Press 1 to continue in English”. All those buttons start pressing YOUR buttons. In desperation, you just need to press “0”.
Success, do you think; you are about to speak to a live representative. But, somehow, in the organization’s hiring process, they hired someone without checking whether the candidate needed to communicate clearly in the language you speak. He’s the person on the other end of your call.
After several minutes or more, after which your problem is still not resolved, you become curious and ask the representative, “Where are you located?” The answer is usually that they are from across the United States, from a neighboring country, or from elsewhere in the world. Technician obviously trained in English, but still needs more learning or practice.
You ask yourself, “Why are we in a pandemic of misinformed employees?” In the United States, taxpayers’ money – corporations, individuals and states – supports unemployment benefits.
Employ inside the United States and, even if it costs more, hire telephone bank personnel who clearly understand and speak the primary language they will be using to communicate.
Gerald Keer, Turnersville
Make House New Jersey hopefuls make that pledge
Do you think Congress listens to people like you or only to its biggest donors – corporations, billionaires and special interests?
Recent polls have shown a record 84% of Americans think government is run to benefit a few big interests and 80% think money has too much power in our politics. We are part of American Promise, New Jersey, a nonpartisan group of concerned citizens working to change that by asking our 2022 congressional candidates to support the group’s “For Our Freedom” constitutional amendment bill. If passed, it would give states the right to legislate campaign donations and common sense spending limits for all elections.
Over the past 12 years, the cost of mounting a political campaign has skyrocketed. Today, the entry bar for candidates of all persuasions is set by the power of money, not the power of their ideas and their willingness to serve New Jersey.
Ask your candidate to reduce the power of money in politics by signing the American Promise Candidate Pledge to support the For Our Freedom Amendment. Let’s bring good ideas and public service back to government where it can work for us!
Barbara and Stephen Miller, Haddonfield
Satan will get us if we don’t follow God
The United States Constitution was signed in September 1787. Its purpose is to guide us as a nation and provide values for our elected and appointed leaders. Although it is non-religious and does not mention “God”, the core values of its signatories, as mentioned earlier in the Declaration of Independence, include recognition of God as our creator and guide.
In the 1950s, we first required the motto “In God We Trust” to be inscribed on our coins. During the same decade, the phrase “one nation” was officially changed to “one nation under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Over the past 50 years, we have embraced values that conflict with the then-dominant Judeo-Christian interpretation of God’s counsel regarding marriage, sexual norms, gender identity, language, etc. Now we seem to be lost, following our selfish desires and satanic influence. We need to pause and examine what we are doing and return to our original standards of 235 years ago.
It’s not about our development of new technologies, but about our values — God’s direction. Let us trust in God and move forward by following his standards.
Tom Hanrahan, Mullica Hill
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