Letters to the Editor

Letter: College will not produce low-wage workers

The inmates are running the asylum. Where’s Jack Nicholson?

Your Aug. 7 articles lament the severe local shortage of low-wage workers (maids, landscapers, cooks, etc.) requiring dedication to work, but no special education. Citing employee unreliability and quitting within days to weeks, employers understand the deterrence by very high local living costs vs. the wages they pay.

Efforts to recruit seasonal workers, here or abroad, are only temporarily and partially successful.

Several solutions are proposed, including the most likely to succeed: higher wages. Another, proposed by a major local hotel general manager (build education centers) is an effort to justify more financial support for local “colleges” (USCB Hospitality and TCL Culinary), proposing more such formal academic programs “to grow qualified local workers.” Then, “the campuses will graduate and create a situation where the graduates will stay here” presumably to fill these jobs.

Really? A college education for such low-wage jobs? Maybe true, if one considers the really low academic credentials and potential of most typical attendees of the local colleges, but is this idea otherwise rational?

I helped pay college expenses as an excellent bus boy, then waiter, with one or two days of on-the-job training.

With such opinions, perhaps this hotel manager himself needs a decent college education.

What a compelling argument to vote against the new Beaufort County sales tax proposal, which wastes tens of millions of dollars on these institutions while supplanting state obligations.

Karl Engelman

Hilton Head Island

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