Readers Write 04/14

EMPLOYMENT

For success, get serious about career early on

Laura Diamond’s article about college graduates using new tactics to find jobs is spot on (“Job search is work for college seniors,” News, April 9). The economy has been a tough, eye-opening experience for everyone — no doubt about that.

There’s always some silver lining in tough situations. College students becoming career-minded as early as their sophomore or junior year is a good thing. They’ll be more likely to get clear about the right career for them, and not just jump into whatever comes their way — ending up unhappy years later. Learning to correctly and pro-actively network earlier in their career will only help them be successful in the long run professionally and personally. Thanks to Laura for pointing out these important trends, so students know what they need to do to succeed.

Hallie Crawford, Atlanta

GOVERNMENT

Wages for state workers appear to be too high

Regarding “Vacation policy takes toll” (News, April 11): The outrage of your story is not that employees are being paid for unused vacation time. They would have been paid for that time had they used the vacation time in the first place. Rather, the outrage of the story is that state employees are being paid $372,800 per year in salary!

No wonder the state is experiencing such a severe budget crisis. It’s unnecessary to pay that amount to maintain good workers. Working for your state is an honor, and employees should be willing to work for reasonable wages.

Janis C. Gordon, Decatur

MASTERS

Situation called for Payne to be gracious

Billy Payne is in no position to chastise anyone for ethical lapses.

He couldn’t resist hogging the spotlight, when he should have been gracious. Tiger Woods made golf come alive — not Billy Payne.

Maggie O’Shaughnessey, Avondale Estates

NUCLEAR WEAPONS

Reducing stockpiles will make the world safer

Rep. Tom Price’s criticism of the Obama administration’s Nuclear Posture Review for “prohibiting the development of new nuclear capabilities ... ensuring that America’s nuclear arsenal ... will grow older and less reliable” (“Limitations: A question of security,” News, April 11) fails to acknowledge substantial increases in the president’s fiscal year 2011 budget for safety, security and reliability of the nuclear weapons complex.

Rep. Price also misses the central fact that in today’s world, with growing proliferation and the threat of nuclear terrorism, the weapons themselves are the problem.

Former Sen. Sam Nunn and others recognize this fact and are rising to the arduous challenge of building a world without nuclear weapons.

As Nunn puts it in his new film, “Nuclear Tipping Point,” we are in a race between catastrophe and cooperation.

Let’s work together to mutually and verifiably reduce stockpiles, ban testing, lock down loose nuclear weapons, end production of fissile material, and take the steps necessary to build a safer world.

Bobbie Wrenn Banks, Decatur