Re "You should be angry at Republicans' war on the unemployed" (Viewpoints, July 2): New York Times columnist Paul Krugman's contention that mean-spiritedness is the reason for the unemployment compensation reduction is like saying Krugman wants to increase ignorance for the good of the people. Unemployment compensation was never meant to support people the rest of their lives like welfare does. Giving everything to people takes away their need to achieve, and when you lose that desire you lose self respect. Mr. Krugman, you should be encouraging people to better themselves instead of relying on the government to lead their lives for them. There are many jobs out there. I believe you haven't checked those statistics, you may have to go to them, they wont come to you. Mr. Krugman, my father described people like you as "Someone who talks just so they can hear their tongue rattle around in their head."
-- William G. Featherston, Elk Grove