Skip to comments.DART Offers Hope to Plan to Employ Job-Hungry Ex-Cons to Recycle Old Tracks
Posted on 03/30/2013 6:49:53 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
You get a lot of sad news here, I know. I might have some good news for a change. Say, might. We must cross our fingers first.
We've been talking a lot in this space over the last few months about the staggering number of people in the city who are deemed "outside the labor force" by federal numbers keepers, as many as 60 percent of people in some southern Dallas census reporting tracts. That is, they didn't have a job yesterday; they're not looking for a job today; they're not going to get a job tomorrow. A connecting thread is that many of them have been to prison and have a tough to impossible time getting hired.
Just before Christmas I talked to the Reverend Eddie Lane, a southern Dallas preacher who described people to me who are still very young when they come home to his neighborhood from prison for the first time, determined never to go back. Many of them took some kind of vocational training on the inside and are all fired up when they get home, convinced they will find real jobs and have real lives like other people.
"But there is no opportunity for them whatsoever," Lane told me.
The bitter truth we're still on the bad news part here is that the vocational training was a cruel joke for most of them. No one is going to hire them.....
(Excerpt) Read more at dallasobserver.com ...
The contractors are “Black” - they don’t even have to put in the best bid.
So it’ll happen.
But maybe another bidder has more ‘minority-ness’: say handicapped, LGBT, female and “Black”.
Be better for everyone (of whatever social group)’ if the best bidder got the job.
Whomever they are or hire.
Further, I'm sure that DART knows the value of that steel track. A few gondola cars, loaded up with old track will fetch a million bucks. They should forget the touchy feely crap pushed by this reporter and just put it out for bid like anything else.
I want every legal adult citizen and approved foreign worker, whether they be black, white, brown or polka dot, man or woman to have a job to support their families and keep off of welfare. Don’t you want that?
Simply put, DART needs to be eliminated. It’s a waste of money and attracts repulsive third-worlders and thug types to its stations and vehicles. Public transit, like 95% of entities with “public” in its name, take the honestly-earned resources of producers and redistribute the wealth to looters.
I got that impression. I still couldn't resist writing the author of this story and raining on his feel good parade. I'm kinda thinking that some of that abandoned track is going to be removed for "free" whether DART asks for it to be removed or not.
Yeah. Jim Schutze has been a black racial bigot, ala Sharpton and JJackson, for many years in the Dallas media market.
Notice he uses the term “southern Dallas” a couple of times instead of the commonly used South Dallas? South Dallas is probably 98% black.
I’ve no opposition to employing non-violent, recently released cons to work on jobs like removing/replacing railroad tracks or any other jobs that provide them an income and produce benefit to the communities and people.
I think that the DART rail program has been of benefit to the DFW Metro area, linking Dallas with Denton and Fort Worth, as well as places along the ways. DART is not at fault because gangstas choose to select some victims at their stations. ....Open carry would prevent a lot of that crap, but Dallas is a blue city.