Dear Sandy B: My brother is scheduled to be released from jail in a few weeks and I am starting to have a lot of mixed emotions, and so is he. I am feeling both anxious and angry because I know the odds are stacked against him having future success. He is only twenty-two with a high school diploma. What are his chances of getting a decent job, when every application asks about his criminal background. I really got mad when I learned recently that he will not even be able to vote, and getting voting rights returned may take years, if ever. This feels to me that the system is stacked against, especially, the brothers. Do you have any suggestions about where he should begin to find a JOB when he gets out?
Dear Bernadette: “I feel you”. The system is stacked against ex-offenders, especially brothers, and in Florida it’s the pits. Your brother has got to be prepared for a rough road ahead when he gets out. His chances of making it will be best with the type of family support and concern that you seem to have for him. I would suggest that he contact the Goodwill for information about attending their Jobs Connection Program. They will also have information about other opportunities for ex-offenders. Tell your brother to google Judges Mathis , to find out his struggles on his way to success. The key point is, that brother made it big. All things are possible.
Dear Sandy B: What is the world coming to? As I watched the presidential debate the other night, I couldn’t help thinking, how could an adult who acts so much like a child be a candidate for the presidency of the United States. If he never said a word those stupid expressions on his face made him look like a real simpleton. I am really terrified at the prospect of this man in the most powerful position in the world, not just the U.S. I am really concerned about the future of our children. What’s your take on this whole thing?
Dear Rebecca: Please don’t ask me, my take on this matter. My blood pressure has been fine, and you are startin’ to mess with it. This mess is all about money, power and outright racism. What scares me most is the number of educated and supposedly decent folks who are backing this man. I’m not gonna go into how I feel when I see Black folks supportin’ him, ‘cause I might just have a stroke. My friend, we have a job to get folks out to vote or we are gonna be facin’ some mess that we couldn’t even imagine. As our current president would say, “don’t boo, vote”.
Grandmas’ Gem: Stop hangin’ on to “Old man usta”.
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