Jim Krumel: Widow feels like the government let her down
The letter had the handwriting of what appears to be an elderly woman and was written on notepaper decorated with rabbits, butterflies and flowers.
It was short and to the point.
It was also not signed, which she was quick to explain:
I’m a widow; my husband died 12 years ago.
I would prefer not to be identified because surely someone, somewhere, will have a very ineffective government. I wonder how they can pay unemployment benefits (fraud) using my husband’s name and my address.
I am so angry; how not to filter unemployment claims.
Thank you for allowing me to let off steam.
The letter she wanted to print followed:
Thursday (9-16-21), I found in my mailbox a letter addressed to my husband, who died 12 years ago.
It was sent by Ohio Jobs and Family Services. The letter said his unemployment benefits would end on September 4, 2021.
It was all new to me. Someone had used his name to collect unemployment.
I have not received any payment. My conclusion: identity theft.
How the hell can payments be made under these circumstances? I am upset.
She should be pissed off. We should all be upset.
Incidents like this have happened across the country. The author of the letter accuses the government. And she is right. Under no circumstances should a government agency make payments to a deceased person. Yet we have broken government agencies that hand out tax money like it’s Halloween candy at Uncle Sam’s house. And when their bag of goodies is empty, they’ll knock on our door for more money. .
The problem is, we are the government. All of us. We go to the polls to choose who will run the store, but we are the board of directors.
I don’t think any of us want to tolerate this behavior. That is why we have to vote on November 2. You can do it early, starting eight days from today, or wait and go on election day.
Find a candidate who espouses your beliefs and vote.
ROSES AND THORNS: A new Plugger is making its way into the rose garden.
Pink: To Jon M. Rogers from Lima, who showcased his idea on Sunday in the nationally-released cartoon Pluggers. Rogers pointed out that the holes in a Plugger’s jeans put a Plugger in style.
Pink: Two couples in the region are celebrating 60 years or more of marriage:
• Lana and John Mourning of Elida celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Wednesday.
• Patricia and Lucien Cosyn, from Lima, will celebrate 72 years of marriage on Friday.
Pink: To Fred Andrews of Beaverdam, who turns 101 today.
Pink: The only Postal History Museum at Delphos has reopened following a redesign of the second floor.
Spiked: An increasing number of thefts have taken place in Bath Township, the Allen County Sheriff’s Office reports. Thefts range from items stolen from vehicles to theft of lawn decorations and bicycles.
STROKE: A positive attitude may not solve all of your problems. But it will bore enough people to make it worth it.
Jim Krumel is the editor of The Lima News. Contact him at 567-242-0391 or The Lima News, 3515 Elida Road, Lima, Ohio 45807.