Washington Apples

27 10 2011

Ok, here’s a change of pace.  Instead of looking at a piece of literature, today we’re going to look at a real world problem.  I’m going to start by giving you a list of facts.

Fact 1: Washington State is called the apple capital of the world.

Fact 2: There are dozens and dozens of apple orchards (apple farms) in Washington.

Fact 3: Many of those apple farms are in danger of going out of business.

Fact 4: Apple farmers need to have all the apples picked out of their trees before it starts getting real cold.  Washington is so far north that the cold weather is really close.  If the apples aren’t picked before they start to freeze, they won’t be good anymore.

Fact 5: If the apples aren’t picked in time, the farms will lose so much money that many of them will go out of business.

Fact 6: The reason the apples might not get picked in time is there aren’t enough workers.  One apple farm, for example, says they usually have about 80 workers to get the apples picked in time.  Right now they only have about 60 workers, and the owner of the farm thinks they won’t get all the apples picked in time.

Fact 7: In Washington State, there are currently more than 200,000 adults out of work.

Fact 8: Many of the apple farmers, desperate for help, went to Washington unemployment offices (a government building where adults who don’t have a job can get help getting work and get money from the government to help them until the find a job) and asked hundreds of people who don’t have jobs if they would come work for them picking apples.

Fact 9: Even after the apple farmers went to the unemployment offices to find workers, they’re still not enough people to pick all the apples, because most of the people they talked to said that they’d rather have no job at all than have to work picking apples.

Fact 10: In the past, most apples were picked by workers from Mexico who came into America illegally, but new laws have made it so there are less Mexican workers here to help pick the apples.

Think about those 10 facts.  Now pretend you are in charge – you are the Governor of Washington state.  What do you do to make sure the apple farms, which are one of the most important industries in Washington, don’t go out of business?

Put your answer in the comments section below.

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238 responses

27 10 2011
kpiszczek14

I think that the goverment should make people with no job work on the apple farms. The people would get paid $150 to do this. If the people refuse then they dont get paid for unemployment. I would also provide trucks and supplies for the apple pickers. That’s what I would do.

27 10 2011
hunter lisula

I forgot to mention in mine that I would provide trucks and tools for the workers

27 10 2011
elakota14

why would you supply that. Wouldn’t the farmers give the supplies?

27 10 2011
hjustak14hjustak14

Thats sounds like a good idea But what about how much the gas cost

27 10 2011
kkessler14

That’s actually a really good idea Kyle. I never thought of just not paying them. NICE

27 10 2011
Jmyers14

so are you saying that the govermnt should make people worl

27 10 2011
Alvin Carroll

yes i do not think you can make people work its a free country

27 10 2011
Brianna Lanzisero

Technically the government can’t make people work. And they know. The people know what to say when the government tells them to work. This is a free country. It’s written in every document there is. And the government can’t go against it. What the government probably doesn’t is that they can say yes, it’s a free country, ut there are laws too. And the people can’t go against laws.

27 10 2011
Brianna Lanzisero

That sounds like it might work but no matter how much you can give a person, they can still say no. I think that the people who said,”I went to college, and apple picking is below me”,don’t realize that hey, there’s a job out here in front of your face. They say it’s not hard work and college is. I say they’re both hard work but you don’t get paid 150 dollars to go to college. You probably spend that times 4. But I think that no matter how much we offer those 200,000 people, every 200,000 of them can still say no. I say we should go above and beyond to convince them and show them that they could soon be part of the reason why the U.S.A. is called “lazy”. They could get so much money in one week they could regain the money that they spent that month or those past 2 months. Sure it’s hard work, but at the end of the day, more feels acomplished in a day than in a week with any other job.

27 10 2011
atotaro14

I think the law about the mexivan immigrants should change. It’s not fair that the mexicans bust their butts trying to get money for their family, but us americans are just being picky and lazy. If that won’t work, you could have a fundraiser to give the farms more money. People would come for a weekend and there would be cool activities. There could be an apple picking contest, and whoever picks the most apples could take home 1-5 good apples and an awesome prize!! 🙂

27 10 2011
Hannah Tribuzzi

I think that’s a great idea! Also, I agree the American’s need to stop being so lazy and get off their bums and do something. The Mexican’s deserve a job because they have families to take care of just like we do. Apparently, the Americans could care less though. It’s horrible.

27 10 2011
Brianna S.

That’s a very good idea! If there was a farm like that i woulds SO work there. The fundraiser is a good idea too.

27 10 2011
lexie totaro :)

thanks guys 😀

27 10 2011
ghajduk14

You got my vote!!=] Like you said the Mexicans are willing to work but us Americans are spoiled and picky, who cares if you majored in biology in college, because you don’t have a job and I would take anything I could get.

27 10 2011
Jmyers14

I think so to this should be a good and awsome idea would you be willing to supply the men with supplies

27 10 2011
lpetersen144

I think that is what the government should do. That would be the easiest and most helpful thing they could do.

27 10 2011
kkessler14

Yeah that’s almost exactly what I wrote about Lexi…..we’re goin to put our country through this again but just differences between Mexicans and Americans instead of African Americans and Americans.

27 10 2011
Mikaela

I agree with the first couple sentences, I have a whole family in Mexico and they work hard in hot weather just to be able to survive! And the fundraiser would be really cool. You have fun and bring home a load of apples. 🙂

27 10 2011
Kira S.

That’s a good idea Lexie. fundraisers and contests are good ways to motivate people.

27 10 2011
richard hanlon

the first thing i would do is would try to change the law so the Mexican workers could work on the farms. also i would tell the unemployed people that if the apple orchards go out of business then the government wouldn’t have any money to give to you while their unemployed.

27 10 2011
hunter lisula

I think all people should be able to work on the apple orchards.

27 10 2011
kkessler14

They are able to they just don’t want to.

27 10 2011
skylar duensing

Totally richard, do you think the state should use prisoners?

27 10 2011
Mikaela

If the government tells the people that then the people will get scared. It’s time they get their butts up off the couch and work hard for the money they deserve!

27 10 2011
Kaden Ferguson

My solution to the problem is to let some Mexican people work part of the year in one part of the apple orchards, and if very little American workers will pick apples in the next season, then you can let a different group of Mexicans do the job. This way, our government will be happy that the Mexicans aren’t getting to much money for working, and apples will be picked for the apple orchards so they won’t go out of business.

27 10 2011
kpiszczek14

I think the same kaden. Do you think that the goverment should provide supplies to the workers?

27 10 2011
Hannah Tribuzzi

I think they should provide supplies to the Mexicans but, since the Americans want to be so difficult they can get the supplies themselves.

~Hannah~

27 10 2011
elakota14

What would you do with the Americans?

27 10 2011
skylar duensing

Good solution Kaden, what else do you think they should do?

27 10 2011
dgould14

I agree with you Kaden. What would happen though if the Mexican people get mad if they don’t get enough money? What if none of the American people in Washington want to work at an apple orchard? Another solution might be to let all of the Mexican people work that want to work year round and anyone else who wants to join can join when they want.

27 10 2011
kkessler14

That’s a great idea they’re like subs just for picking apples instead of teaching!!

27 10 2011
Jmyers14

I would say that people should try and apply for the opportunity to work at apple farms. Why? well because Americans are so spoiled and wanna do what they want instead of taking a job that people in Mexico want to make a living the government should let Mexicans in if it helps our country thrive against others because this will keeps running just because we don’t like them doesn’t mean we cant let them help us with work Americans just want to be picky about everything and not do something they don’t want to do to make a living

27 10 2011
hunter lisula

All the people who are willing to come in and help should be aloud to come in from different areas of the world

27 10 2011
Jmyers14

yes i believe this to we people are just lazy because we don’t have to do anything it gets handed to us.

27 10 2011
skylar duensing

I know some people are just lazy. We should get people happy to work

27 10 2011
Natalie

If I were the governor of Washington, i would change the law of that there can’t be that many workers from Mexico. If they want to work apple picking, they could do so if they want. I think that is kind of stupid that there is a law that if your from Mexico, and there already are some workers that are from Mexico picking apples in Washington, why can’t you work either if you want. Their not taking away jobs from people in Washington, because people from Washington don’t even want to work. That’s stupid so i think if that law is changed then it will help Washington pick more apples and have more workers. If that was changed then maybe the apple farms will have their apple’s picked early! 😀

27 10 2011
Connor G.

Wait isnt the law that only some mexican workers can come over all ready made, and how did you make that face?

27 10 2011
Natalie

well ya i kind of said it wrong when i posted it and the face is just typing in a smiley face like this 😀 🙂

27 10 2011
Kira S.

True, because only some Mexicans work their now.

27 10 2011
dgould14

I agree with you Natalie. The people of Mexico should be allowed to work in the apple orchards if they want. The people in Mexico are still human beings just like we are, and they should be able to do whatever we do.

27 10 2011
Lauren

Go ask the government to go and ask more people that are unemployed to work at the apple farms. Try to persuade them by saying you’ll get $150 a day. In a week or two they will have more than a thousand dollars. That might be more than the government gives them in a month. Apple farms are how we get our apples, especially in Washington which is the number apple capitol in the world.

27 10 2011
Rylee

I like how you explained it but how do you plan to tell the government? Would you tell them by yourself or with a group of people that believe the same thing?

27 10 2011
Brianna S.

I agree, how would you tell the government? If anybody was planning to do this i would join in. I think its best in a group though. (My opinion).

27 10 2011
lexie totaro :)

i like the idea but i’m a little confused… 🙂

27 10 2011
lpetersen144

That might work! That is a good Idea!

27 10 2011
lpetersen144

I would go to the government and say “We need more workers. We need worker to get money. We need money to pay taxes. Taxes go to you. You use money for unemployment offices. Then the money goes to people we asked to work for more money then you are giving them. All they do is sit on their butts all day applying for jobs.” They will probably say, ” Well what do you want us to do? Force the unemployed people to work for you?” I would say, “No people in Mexico want to work for us. They want to pick apples off of trees all day. They want to come pick apples so we can sell them and pay taxes. Don’t you want us to pay our taxes? Or do you just want another empty farms that nobody is going to buy because they don’t have workers.” Hopefully after this conversation they would change the law so people from Mexico can work for the apple farms.

27 10 2011
hunter lisula

the unemployed people probably say they appyed for those jobs and they didn’t get them but the whole time they didn’t apply for any job and they were just laying on the couch all day watching TV

27 10 2011
dgould14

The people in America should take those jobs because even though they are out looking for jobs, the government still needs money to pay for your money that they give to you while you look for a job.

27 10 2011
Brianna S.

If i were the governor, i would try to convince people to do the apple picking job. I could also try getting the farmer to give the workers water bottles so they stay refreshed. Or, i would try to get the people who made the law that the people from Mexico cannot come work here, take that law away.

27 10 2011
hunter lisula

how long would your workers be there whats their pay

27 10 2011
Brianna S.

Most likely 7 or 8 maybe 6 hours. 8 hours would be $150, 7 hrs would be $140, and 6 hrs would be $130.

27 10 2011
aewing14

How would you convince people to change the law?

27 10 2011
Jmyers14

How would you convince them? i like your idea

27 10 2011
kkessler14

If I were governor I would let some of the Mexican people work. There shouldn’t be a law against it, because some Mexicans are very trustable and friendly. You’ve probably noticed or you didn’t really care but most of the people you hire to do your lawn or landscaping are Mexicans and they do a flawless job. Mexicans are just like white people they shouldn’t be treated differently. Our country doesn’t know it but we’re starting over with the differences between African Americans. They are basically treating the Mexicans that way. They should have the freedom that the African Americans have now!!! They shouldn’t be treated differently because of their religion! Honestly, do we really want to put our country through all of that AGAIN??!!!

27 10 2011
hunter lisula

what would you do for growing apples

27 10 2011
Connor G.

I HAVE A DREAM that we can help all apple farms!!!!!!!!!!

27 10 2011
aewing14

You have my vote about that:)

27 10 2011
lexie totaro :)

i totally agree kaitlyn! This shouldn’t turn into another civil war about the mexicans now…

27 10 2011
Rylee

What would you do to tell people they can work?

27 10 2011
ghajduk14

If i were the governor of Washington state, I would talk to other governors about my solution. My solution would be to try and change the law of Mexicans not being able to work in America. These Mexicans don’t have jobs, but want to work in the West for these apple farms and other farms in the west. Now, our government says they are not letting them work because the government thinks they are taking American jobs. Well, that is untrue because the people of Washington said no to working in apple farms, and just want to sit at home and be a lazy bum, with no job. Well these Mexicans want to work, and the farmers in Washington state need jobs. Put it together and Mexicans are happy government’s happy, farmers are happy because the government is getting there taxes, Mexicans get there money’ and farmers stay in business. Wait, I am leaving one group out, the 200,00 jobless people of Washington state that don’t want to work for apple orchards and get payed good money. What we would do is not pay them and then they will want to work to get the money and keep their house and be able to buy food for their families. Or the government could continue to pay them because they will have the money. Now, let’s put it together, and find out how we will break this law. I could get the West governors together that have popular farm industries and propose our statement to the whole government or even the president

27 10 2011
Hannah Tribuzzi

I completely agree Gabby.
The Mexicans would make great hard workers and I’m sure that the farmer’s would even be better off without the unemployed people working for them anyways. All they would do is well, NOT get the job done.
You have my vote!
Sincerely,
~Hannah~

27 10 2011
ghajduk14

Thanks Hannah!! Only if we were governors, we could change the lives of apple farmers, Mexicans, and show the Americans without jobs top take what you can because you may never get a job by just saying to the government well I tried… I hope I can do better next time when they just care about getting money from the government1

27 10 2011
Hannah Tribuzzi

Yeah Gabby!
Your so right. We should start our own apple picking business. Haha! That would be so fun. Then we can show t he government just how well the Mexican people work and how lazy the Americans are about getting a job.

~Hannah~

27 10 2011
Sofia

I think you did a good job explaining why Mexicans should be able to work at the apple farms. Also, I think not giving the jobless people money is a good idea since they don’t even have a job or even take a job working at the apple farms.

27 10 2011
lexie totaro :)

i totally agree with you. also nice details!

27 10 2011
kpiszczek14

i agree about the mexicans geting paid.

27 10 2011
lpetersen144

That sounds like a perfect idea! That is kind of like what I said. Great minds think alike I guess!

27 10 2011
dgould14

I 100% agree with you Gabby. If you bring your solution to other governors across the country maybe you can convince them to let Mexicans back into our country. The bright side of this is that all the people get apples that want them. there is no bad side to that because the government gets more money and people get their apples.

27 10 2011
Rylee

I would help take away the law about Mexican people that can’t work. I would explain that everyone that doesn’t have a job said no when we asked them if they wanted to work as an apple picker. They would rather sit around at home getting paid for absolutely nothing then work for and Apple Orchard and have a job when the Mexican people are begging because they want to make a difference. I would explain this to other important people so we have a stronger argument on the topic.

27 10 2011
ghajduk14

I totally agree with you, the Mexicans want to work and the Americans don’t. Why would’t the Americans want to work for such good pay?

27 10 2011
Rylee

They would rather sit at home and do nothing and get the money for doing that then work and get more money.

27 10 2011
lexie totaro :)

that’s a great idea. If the Americans don’t want to work-let them! That’s their problem. But you shouldn’t deny people who actually want and need the work. that’s just selfish and rude, they have no right to do it.

27 10 2011
jmoreno14

If i were governor of Washington i would tell all of the unemployed workers that if they go out of business we wont have apples. I would tell them that if there weren’t people to help, the apples will freeze and be bad. Also if we don’t sell a lot then we will go out of business and we won’t make money. Then if we don’t make money the state won’t make money. If the state doesn’t make money then they can’t pay for you. If we won’t pay for people then nobody will have money except for the people with jobs. I would also say that if we all lose money then the economy will go bad. To the people I would say that if you apply for this job you wont be poor and that you will still have apples.

27 10 2011
jmoreno14

I would also have it open for just anyone to come in and pick apples and pay for them.

27 10 2011
elakota14

It’s like a chain reaction. When the Americans don’t work they don’t get money from the government because they don’t get taxes from the orchards because they can’t get the apples picked. Which brings us back because they won’t work.

27 10 2011
jmoreno14

Right since a lot of people are lazy they won’t do anything and end up poop or homeless.

27 10 2011
elakota14

If I was the governor of Washington I would change how that worked. I would let the people from Mexico come to work. If they want to work I would let them work. Have the people from America just stay home and stop paying them. You have to earn your money from work. Not just applying for a job and saying maybe next time when people tell you that you can work for them. It’s there choice to work and if they don’t want to fine.But when they don’t have any money maybe they’ll change there mind and the farm will have extra workers.

27 10 2011
Connor G.

Some people in america just do not want to try. If you could be an apple picker would you do it?

27 10 2011
ghajduk14

Just answering you question Connor, i would take the job as an apple picker. I would because I don’t want to be known as that lazy person who got offered jobs but didn’t take them. Also, I would want to take any job I got, because There might not be any for many years. Since the pay is good too I would definitely go for it!

27 10 2011
jackreilly1127

well assuming I’m an adult on unemployment that lives in Washington i would but as long as I’m a kid in Minooka that goes to school I’d say no.

27 10 2011
ghajduk14

Erik, I agree with you 100%! i Think the government should stop paying these lazy Americans because then they will want to work! I believe the government should let Mexicans work for these farmers, because the farmers need workers other wise they will go our of business and the government won’t get their full tax money.

27 10 2011
dgould14

Washington State may lose most of their money of they go out of business. I have a few solutions for them. First of all, the American people in Washington do not want to work. If they don’t want to work and they’re unemployed then who would be able to pick the apples? Well, the Mexicans want to work, but the government won’t allow them into our country. One solution to that is to maybe go to the government and convince them to let the people of Mexico back in our country so the apple orchards in Washington don’t close down. Or maybe convince the people that rejected you to come work for you again. For example if you go to the same person and ask them to work for you they will say no, but maybe you can trick them into working for you. When you trick them you could maybe say come work here because if you don’t most of Washington’s money will be gone and that will take money away from the government and from the people that pay taxes to the government because it will take many people out of jobs. Those are two different solutions to solving this problem.

27 10 2011
Kaden Ferguson

I agree with both of the solutions,but I think that the first solution would probably be the best. I think that the second solution really doesn’t make sense because even if you tried to convince someone that you had already worked for in the past, they will never believe you because they fired you. Their mind will think that even though you were layed off, they fired you and the economy is good. So, I think that letting people in from Mexico would be the best solution.

27 10 2011
dgould14

I agree with you that it is a fantastic solution, but what if the government declines to let the people of Mexico back into our country?

27 10 2011
Kaden Ferguson

Didn’t you forget that we are the governer of the state of washington, and that we can talk the government into letting us bring people from Mexico. So, we can solve the problem by bringing the people in with well thought out letters and wording to the government.

27 10 2011
jackreilly1127

If i was Governor of Washington i would just get rid of unemployment. It may sound mean or unethical but why pay people to donate a day of their time to apply for ten jobs. They like unemployment they don’t have to work and they get payed, they didn’t except the jobs at the apple orchards why would they except other jobs. If they really wanted to work they’d take any job, there are people in Mexico that would kill to have a chance at that job and that money. The people that declined the job are lazy and selfish. I mean without unemployment it would make the people take the jobs, giving the state more money in taxes, helping them save money on unemployment, giving the jobless work and their own money, and keeping the apple orchard’s in business.

27 10 2011
jmoreno14

I like that idea because then the state would make more money. If they have more money then they can do way more things with the money and the economy would be in good condition.

27 10 2011
jmoreno14

What if someone gets laid off though, would they have to find a job right away? How would they do that?

27 10 2011
jackreilly1127

Probably

27 10 2011
jmoreno14

Well what would the government do to them? You said that there wouldn’t be unemployment. Also what if there wasn’t a job open for them, what would happen to them?

27 10 2011
skylar duensing

If I was governor of Washington I would get this problem fixed right away. One way I would find some workers for the apple orchards is, looking to see if any Washington state prisoners wanted to come out and pick apples for a few weeks. In reward for coming out I could possibly take a month or two off their prison sentence. Another way to get workers is by seeing if schools would be interested in sending some children on a field trip to an apple orchard. In order to keep the children’s interest levels high there would probably have to be some kind of treat or contest. Most likely the contest would be to see who can pick the most apples. Also, I could always try to pass a law to allow the Mexican workers to come to Washington and pick apples. So, between thousands of prisoners, school children, and Mexican workers I think the apple orchard owners wouldn’t have to worry about not picking enough apples.

27 10 2011
richard hanlon

the only problem with prisoners is you have to have someone watch them or they could run.

27 10 2011
jackreilly1127

that’s a really good idea i like that you don’t have to make the lazy people work or bring Mexicans up from Mexico. Thats free labor for inmates and you might even get payed from the school.

27 10 2011
Sofia

If I was the governor of Washington, I would make a law that people from Mexico could come to Washington to help pick apples. I would change the law that was already created, but allow just for them to go to areas where they can work if no one wants that law. Mexicans are the only people that will actually pick apples. The 200,000 people that live in Washington won’t pick apples, so having Mexicans going to Washington will allow the apple farms to have many more workers. Without more workers, some apples won’t get picked in time before the cold weather, which will cause the apple farms and Washington to lose a lot of money. Considering that Washington is the apple capital of the world, having apple farms lose money or even go out of business isn’t good. With all of the people in Mexico, and all of the apple orchards in Washington, there will be enough people in Mexico to work at the apple farms. The farms would have plenty of time to pick all of the apples before cold weather.

27 10 2011
Kira S.

I like what you posted, and how you put your self in the governor’s place. Thinking about it, couldn’t other people from the states around and even across the state, couldn’t they be asked to help to? It seems like they’re focused on the people of Washington and the Mexicans. Most of the people in Washington said no, but how would they rest of the states react?

27 10 2011
Sofia

Yeah letting other states help I think would be a good idea too! So the law would be liked by everyone, and not just Washington. I think that letting them into this law would be good.

27 10 2011
lexie totaro :)

i love it sofia! I just want to know why they would deny the mexicans of work when they are the only ones who actually WANT to do it. It’s the government’s own fault that apple farms are going out of business. They got this situation into a mess, and someone with a lot of intelligence is going to have to fix it.b

27 10 2011
Jessica K.

I totally agree, plus you’re right, the unemployed people won’t even work for the apple orchids so why not just have Mexicans come to Washington and other places and pick fruit.

27 10 2011
Kira S.

My solution would be for the people that live in Washington, should try getting the law, of the people of Mexico who can’t come help, should try getting that law to go away. This way these people who say no, don’t have anything to do, so they can write good letters, and if the letters are good enough then maybe they can get a job as a writer and make money from home, doing actual work. Not everyone in Mexico has to work, but many people want to help us here. If the law isn’t broke,Washington apple farms are most likely to go out of business. Also the people who write the letters to the government should have other people across the country sign a petition if they want the law to go away. The people of the government may realize having the people of Mexico come help and make money is a good thing.

27 10 2011
Sofia

I think you did a good job explaining what you would do to allow Mexicans to work in America at the apple farms. I think writing letters is a good idea!

27 10 2011
richard hanlon

i agree that everybody should try getting that law to go away since the Americans don’t want that job.

27 10 2011
aewing14

I would go to the unemployment office and give a speech about the apple farmers needing help. If people are interested I will have a sign-up sheet . Next I would split up the workers to the apple farms. Then I will start an organization called Save our Apples. With that money I would buy heaters to unfreeze the frost so farmers could pick more apples.Even with the lack of workers, the heaters would help the farmers pick more apples. Then I would protest to let the Mexicans to come up and work. I would go to Obama and talk to him. I would say ‘Americans don’t want to work, so why can’t we let the Mexicans come up and work?’

27 10 2011
Hannah Tribuzzi

If I were the Governor of Washington, you better believe that I would have all of the Mexican people here in Washington in a matter of hours. Well if, the unemployed people don’t want to work, then the farmer’s business would probably go down the drain. If you want to stop this situation from happening, the government needs to stop giving unemployed people money because they are adults and should know how to apply for a job without being so lazy. The government also need to let all the people in Mexico who are unemployed come to Washington to work. All of them have agreed to pick the apples so, let it be. As for the unemployed people, they need to get off their butts and look for a job that pays and they are comfortable with. The apple picking job pays a lot but, even thought they may not like it at least they are making a living. I think that if the government would just let the Mexican people come to the United States then, the apples would all get picked and no business would be harmed. However, I would still have to deal with the issue of the unemployed people. All of them need to actually do their best to apply for a job. It may not be their DREAM JOB or anything but, at least they will earn some money and be employed. If the government will not allow the Mexicans to come and pick the apples (when they have offered to do so), it’s probably the end for Robinson’s career.

~Hannah Tribuzzi~

27 10 2011
ghajduk14

I was thinking the same thing. I really do not get why the Mexicans can’t come and work for these farmers that are about to go out of business. These people are NOT taking American jobs because these Americans don’t want the job!! I think it’s a little like the slave thing all over again. They are treating Mexicans like they want to secretly come in, work for us, and then destroy our country. No, they want to work and get payed because they aren’t lazy bums just letting the government pay them!

27 10 2011
Hannah H.

I agree with you the people from Washington are sitting around applying for jobs. They don’t do anything all day. I’d rather pick apples all day.

27 10 2011
Hannah Tribuzzi

Gabby,
Thats so true. It seems like the government is dwelling on the past and when this country is in need all they want to do is sacrifice more things! Its like “HELLO? WERE IN A CRISIS HERE? CAN THEY PLEASE JUST HELP US FOR CRYING OUT LOUD??!!?”

~Hannah~

27 10 2011
Hannah Tribuzzi

Hannah H.,
I really agree with you too!
The situation is just a big bundle and it’s going to get way out of hand if the government doesn’t do something about it real soon.

27 10 2011
lexie totaro :)

same here hannah. i think it’s ridiculous that mexicans can’t come here. I mean, a solution to the apple farms going out of buisness is right under their noses and they STILL won’t take it. This would be helping the mexicans and washington.

27 10 2011
Hannah Tribuzzi

Its completely ridiculous. I don’t understand it. Also, it’s so sad to think that when the going gets tough our American people just give up but, other helpful people, (the Mexicans) are willing to come and take all of our jobs for us. That’s really generous but, I think it’s right and wrong.

27 10 2011
kpiszczek14

I think the same too. I think that the mexicans should be able to work also, not just the americans. do you think that the president should write a law about that?

27 10 2011
Hannah H.

If I were governor I would make a law allowing people from Mexico come back to the United States. People in Mexico want to pick apples and people from Washington don’t want to pick apples. If the people from Mexico can’t come and pick apples then all the apple orchards will have to be closed because all the apples will freeze, the apple orchards will lose a lot of money. No more apple orchards means no more apples. The state of Washington will lose more money and can’t pay the unemployed people, because growing apples is one of the most important industries in the entire state.

27 10 2011
Natalie

I totally agree with you Hannah. I don’t like how people from Washington don’t want to help other pick apples, yet people from Mexico are willing to come and help us but the goverment says they can’t. Then the apples will freeze! 😦 I agree…

27 10 2011
cgedwill14

I would tell the government the let the people of Mexico in because they are good workers and want to actually work for the united states to help us with selling and our economy. Also if our state has apple farms that go out of business, the government will have to pay for it. Besides the people in Washington dont even care about about their state, they would be all like apples aren’t the only fruit!

27 10 2011
gianna

I’d say, “Out of all of the 200,000 people out of work, nobody wants to work at an apple orchard! I know your back might be sore when your done, or you think your too good for picking apples. But seriously!? I thought we might get a few offers, but none? That’s just crazy. We’re offering you $150 a day. In two weeks, you’ll make more than what most teachers make. In two weeks, you’ll have $1800. The people in Mexico would die for this money.Everybody should think about what their doing. Because I know if I wasn’t governor, and I was unemployed, I’d totally be an apple picker:)

27 10 2011
Natalie

That’s a great thought. i would be an apple picker too for $150 a day. It is crazy how some people are taking down a good offer just cause they don’t want to hurt their back’s… IT’S NOT THE END OF THE WORLD IF YOU HURT YOUR BACK… 😡 I think they should take the job offer…

27 10 2011
Connor G.

It would be a good idea for people living near the apple farms to just visit, and they could do some work just for fun!

27 10 2011
Hannah H.

The people from Mexico aren’t taking jobs away from Americans. All the people in Washington want to do is sit around all day instead of working. They get money from the government for sitting around all day. The people from Mexico want to do the work so they have money.

27 10 2011
dhilt14

i would tell the president what is happening and ask him is Mexicans could help us from Washington from going bankrupt

27 10 2011
dhilt14

i mean IF Mexicans can come help

27 10 2011
dhilt14

also, i would ask people with jobs to help when they have spare time

27 10 2011
Hannah H.

The people here aren’t taking a job picking apples. Until they get a job again they could pick apples.

27 10 2011
Kaden Ferguson

Awesome idea, I have been saying the same thing. Maybe if we tryed getting people that were working for a different job for the government could help too.

27 10 2011
skylar duensing

Good idea Dj

27 10 2011
Hannah H.

They won’t die if they pick apples. True they went to college for a different kind of job, but still they should pick apples.

27 10 2011
dhilt14

if i were the governor, i would pay people without jobs extra to help on the apple farms.

27 10 2011
Dion Thompson

Well if i was governor I would do sort of like the same thing too, the government actually should do this once you think about it, but why would you want to do this anyways?

27 10 2011
dhilt14

and Hannah H. , i totally agree with you.Mexicans aren’t stealing jobs.they want to help and fill in the job openings for all the lazy-to-the-max Americans who don’t want to work and get money because they just want to get money from the government.

27 10 2011
dhilt14

Natalie, you are so right.people in Washington with no jobs jus twant to show the unemployment office workers and get money from them.they are too lazy.

27 10 2011
dhilt14

just want.sorry

27 10 2011
JSandei14

I think that the Washington state government should just let the Mexicans come into the Washington state to pick apples.

27 10 2011
Sarah H.

I agree if the Mexicans are willing to pick the apples just let them in and give them a job.

27 10 2011
Erin XD

The Mexicans are willing to pick the apples and the government should just let them in and pick the apples!

27 10 2011
Hayden...F.

I agree because if i was governor i would actually go down to the border line of Mexico & USA to give right for people to pick apples myself so they can get a job since no one wants to have one in Washinton right now.

27 10 2011
zach =D

Jake, Yes you want help the apple farms by getting workers but do you really want all of the Mexican’s coming in?

27 10 2011
Hayden...F.

Well maybe not all of them,but whoever wants to work for the farmer.

27 10 2011
Meghan =d

If I were the governor of Washington state then I would write a letter to the other states or the president and ask them if I could have unemployed and willing Mexicans who would love to pick apples for me instead of having somebody who can’t do just because they don’t want it because they think it’s to hard.

27 10 2011
Brady Wytrwal

if i was the Governor of Washington i would let people in the US because we need more people to work and help us. Another reason is we need money to pay people and the people don’t want to hurt there back or anything. I get that but the person should so they could do something but sit around all day. The people who don’t want to work don’t have to but we need help and we should let the other people to help work so the apple farms don’t get shut down.

27 10 2011
Sarah H.

I know the gas prices don’t need to get any higher than they already are

27 10 2011
cole

brady then what would you do with the 200,000 people in the state with out jobs

27 10 2011
Giovanni

I agree Brady people should stop taking money from the government and get up and help out and stop the cry of apples that know that not all will be picked unless others help out to stop this crisis the president should let people in from Mexico to work for the apple farms in fact people in Mexico would kill for a job to support there family’s

27 10 2011
hmidlock14

I think that the government should stop paying the Americans if they keep getting offers on jobs, but complain about the work.(us lazy Americans) If i were in the government i would let Mexicans come and work if they would want to help our country out. If the Americans in Washington don’t want to pick apples then move to another state because that’s what your state is involved in.(You are living in the apple capital of the world should you not be proud of your state and help them out.)If I lived in Washington and was unemployed i would take the job just so i can get money and not trying to get the government out of money and having taxes, and gas go higher in price.

27 10 2011
Mikaela

One person can help out our country and change it, I know I would want to take the job so I can try making our country better. Who wouldn’t?

27 10 2011
Sarah H.

If I were part of the government and the apple factories were running out of business I’d let the Mexicans back in and let them work in the apple farms. If Washington is most known for apples I’d let the people who wanted to work there back in otherwise the apple farms would get closed down. Just because your back hurts doesn’t mean that you can’t get a job because eventually the government will stop paying you anyways. Then what would do with your life, throw it away and never make a living. That’s why some of these people should have said yes because when the goverment stops paying you you’ll need some kind of job and by then all the apple farms would’ve been closed. Then you won’t be able to find a good job that pays a good a mount of money. I mean $150 a day is a lot of money to say no to. I don’t think these people knew what they were saying, I don’t even know if they were listening at all and just said some random word.

27 10 2011
zach =D

If i was governor i would make this people do the job because they need to try and attempt to get a job. And if they still refuse then the government will not pay them anymore.
Also i would try to send messages to workers in Mexico and try to get just the amount of workers we need and have them come over here and work. And if american citizens that are unemployed think that there stealing their jobs then i will tell those people that there the ones that refused the job.

27 10 2011
Meghan =d

Couldn’t you have a bigger amount of workers to get the job done faster?

27 10 2011
Giovanni

That is a good idea but their are some tweeks to that plan.Like really you cant make anyone do anything. Also the government will most likely not listen and let Mexicans do American job.

27 10 2011
Mikaela

They should make Americans work, I mean no wonder why this country is out of shape. It’s because the people are out of shape, they’re too lazy to do anything, and it’s not a clue that’s why most people have money problems? But another problem is our money problem. Businesses also can not afford to pay workers that work there, maybe that’s the reason why some people said no to apple picking. My question is: Why don’t they pick other unemployed from the other states of the country? There is more than 200,000 people across the country who are unemployed, they would sacrifice to get the money that Washington people are turning down. And they are in America so the government won’t have to freak out. And that’s all just one problem. That government needs to know that Mexico is like our older brother sort of. We’ve been next to them this whole time. Think of one of Rachel’s 5 Challenges. Treat others the way you would want to be treated. If it were reverse, I bet Mexico wouldn’t turn their backs on us. I totally disagree about this!

27 10 2011
Sarah H.

i agree good connections you made about Rachel’s 5 challenges and the brother thing

27 10 2011
Mikaela

There are many solutions and many problems to this situation

27 10 2011
Dylan Felgenhauer

I know, they get paid $150 a day and they still back down if I was them i would take it at least I wouldn’t get fat by siting a on the couch eating junk food all day, if I was fat i would do it just to lose so weight i bet you it is fun to pick apples, well i think it is fun.

27 10 2011
dgood14

Mikaela I agree on everything you said and why don’t people at least go look for a job and make an effort in life the way this country is going to be a lazy country with the way these people are and is the wrong way that most of us are doing , and this is not mistake we all need to fix our country and Washington.

27 10 2011
eroberts14

I think the government should pay the Americans like $100 a month so that the Americans can buy food, clothes, and school stuff for their kids until, they get a job. If the unemployed Americans don’t get a job the government with run out of money and the taxes will start to raise. The Americans can’t pay the taxes because they don’t have a job. The government should let the Mexicans in to pick the apples because without them the apple farms will start to lose money and go out of business. If I was unemployed I would take the job. 🙂

27 10 2011
Brady Wytrwal

i don’t think you should pay them 100 bucks a month because they need to buy food and pay bills witch is like 200 for one thing and the 100 wont even last them a week to buy food they should get o paid 1000 bucks for 3 weeks they should let the Mexicans in because they will have enough money to pay the people

27 10 2011
zach =D

Brady, you don’t want too give them too much because then they will take advantage and wont work much. then also if you do that there will be too many Mexicans coming and you don’t want that, do you?

27 10 2011
Sarah H.

How much money would they lose?

27 10 2011
hmidlock14

I agree with you Erin. All i want to know is why do we have to pay the government just to pay other people that can have jobs picking apples?

27 10 2011
Dion Thompson

So true, it’s not the kids fault that the parents went out of a job, so why to the kids have to starve and not have clean clothes to wear everyday!

27 10 2011
Sarah H.

anyone else …..

27 10 2011
Dylan Felgenhauer

I think we should stop paying these people. These people are trying to get away with not having to do a job we should say to work with the apple farms or you are not going to be payed. Maybe we should start to bring back the people from Mexico because they really want the jobs and they are not taking Americans jobs because Americans don,t want the jobs. So they ether get a job in a week or so or we will stop paying them. They get payed $150 a day that is a lot of money but you still have to do a lot of work. Like every 2 weeks they get $2,100! I could get a lot of things with that money not expensive things but good things. Even if it takes getting my neck hurt and back hurt i will still do it just for the money. So we should close down the proses of giving money away to people just to stay out of dept because they would really try then for a job and they would probity work for the apple farms.

27 10 2011
dgood14

Well I think that the government should give people jobs when people are unemployed. For example my mom has been looking for a medical field job, but unfortunately the places that she filled out applications for has not returned her phone calls. My mom had gotten laid off in 2009 and became unemployed. So the government needs to give the unemployed people the apple picking job so the government can keep giving the people that can’t afford cars and transportation to get to the apple picking farm. If i were unemployed I would take the job because at least i am making an effort in a jobs where i can get money for a period of time that i am given and so that the government can make more money by how much money the apple farm is making which is called a profit. But the farm will pay taxes and that is how the government gets more money.here is a question ” Why can’t the Mexican people come to America and work for something that Americans can’t do .”

27 10 2011
Hayden...F.

i would ask as many people as possible and if that doesn’t get enough people to work for the orchard than i would work for the orchard myself with the people i got to work for the farmers.I would say yes right now if i could because $150 a day, each day for 4 weeks i could buy stuff any time i want but of course i would put most of most of it in the bank for safe keeping.Heak i would pick apples of trees for $50 that’s enough for me for a day.$50 a day, each day for 4 weeks that would be $1400.That is one of the best offers i ever heard.

27 10 2011
Dion Thompson

I have to agree, even I wouldn’t turn down a job that gives 150$ a day, I mean seriously, who would ever want to spend their time sitting at home doing nothing when they could have an easy job like this

27 10 2011
Hayden...F.

apparently the the people who did turn down the job.

27 10 2011
Brady Wytrwal

another thing is to let anyone work if they want too because you don’t want to go bankrupt. The reason for this is because you probably don’t want to pay the unemployed workers for any longer that is why we are dieing in money lost.

27 10 2011
Meghan =d

Another idea would be to have people from other states or countries (including Mexico) come out to help all over the united states. They could help and the government wouldn’t have a problem with it because Americans would have jobs. Also it would lower the amount of money the government is paying the unemployed workers and the country would get more money.
Also people from jail who haven’t done a seriously bad crime like a not payed ticket could come and help pick apples for a shorter sentence. Or if people in high-school need jobs then they could apply. Also if kids could go on field trips the schools could get payed for having the students pick apples for them.

27 10 2011
LMarkley14

I think the Mexicans should be allowed so Washington doesn’t drag the rest of the united states down the toilet into massacre that we don’t have any money to fix. I also think that it is a little unusual that a lot of people would say no to an $150 paycheck for five days of the week. I mean all you are doing is picking out of an apple tree, I mean you aren’t going to have a broken back for the rest of your life if you pick 100 apples in one week of work, especially if you work 8hours every day, then i think honestly you are getting overpaid. Anyway back to no letting Mexicans into the state to work. I don’t think it’s fair because those unemployed workers aren’t even trying to get a job and they are lying to the government so they can get money without even doing anything because they are being very lazy. So I think if they are being lazy they should let the Mexicans help them because they will go out of buissness otherwise because a lot of their apples will be frozen before they can get to them.

27 10 2011
cole

if i was the Governor would go to the government and tell them to let the migrant workers in because nobody want to do the job so let them come in. if they said no i would come back with a comment that nobody want the job to pick the apples. OK so you want the country to go into outer depreciation because if any more crises brake out there will be one so hopefully the government uses there mid sometime. I mean relay the apple farmers went to 200,000 people that did not have jobs and ask if they wanted a job to pick apples for them and very few said yes. i mean the government should have made them say yes the government would have less people to pay and that would not be in such a crises right now. they just need to stop paying the unpolluted workers because they weren’t trying to get a job they got asked for a job and they didn’t take it so there not trying to get a job

27 10 2011
Giovanni

Now that I am governor of Washington I have decided to help the apple farms by having a Help Apples Day.Were everyone should come and help pick apples and can donate to the Apple Foundation you do not have to come or donate but every dollar helps pay the workers so you can have nice tasty apples.The reason for this is they don’t have enough workers so they are not collecting enough apples and when you donate or help pick they can pick all the apples and get money.But if we don’t have enough people to come out here and pick the apples we still have enough money to pay all the bills of the farms to keep them running and in great shape.If all apple farms shut down we wont have apples to eat.That means no apple pie,apple cider,and no apple sauce and know everyone likes apple sauce.We are the biggest apple producer so without are farms apples are not going to be around.So that is why we need to rise against this people think they are to good or they don’t need the job because they are lying if they didn’t need the job why were they in the unemployment office.So now after that’s been said you have decided you were going to help out this Saturday at Joes Apples from 5.00am through 8.00pm.I hope to see alot of people join me to help out what we give to America. Apples.

27 10 2011
JSandei14

If Americans dont have any jobs, the government pays them until the have a job. Then the farmers ask if the want to pick apples for $150 a day. That is a lot of money!!!!!!!!!!!!! Then, the people they asked turned it down! So they should just let the Mexicans come in and pick apples since we are not doing it!!

27 10 2011
Mariah

I think that the government of Washington state is wrong to let people that doesn’t live in Illinois not be able to work at that job.It’s weird, people in Illinois doesn’t want the job but,people in Mexico does.There is 200,000 people who lives in Illinois and doesn’t have a job.The Washington apple job needs 80 farmers to work there to be able to get $100,100 they only have 60 farmers.The workers get $150 a day.They asked about 200,000 people 199,800 people said no.(I would have said yes $150 a day is lot a money.)

27 10 2011
hmidlock14

If i were in the government i would allow Mexicans to come and work for us Americans, if i can not get this i will fight until i do. I agree with you a lot Mariah.

27 10 2011
JSandei19

If Americans dont have any jobs, the government pays them until the have a job. Then the farmers ask if the want to pick apples for $150 a day. That is a lot of money!!!!!!!!!!!!! Then, the people they asked turned it down! So they should just let the Mexicans come in and pick apples since we are not doing it!

27 10 2011
Nick Polizzi

I think its kind of silly that the 200,000 people with NO JOBS will pass up a job that pays them $150 dollars a day. To me, that’s Americans being picky about what jobs they have. So what if your back hurts at the end? Its better than being paid for ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. I mean, you’re getting paid for something you’re actually doing. You can actually feel like you’ve earned the money, and it’s good money, too!!! It is more money than teachers make, and they have to go to college every year!!!! I also think it’s really mean to not let Mexicans work American jobs. They’re people, too!!! They breathe our air, we breath theirs. So what if they’re not American? So what if they were born in a different country, city, or state? I think it’s kind of sad that when times are tough, Americans just give up on themselves, passing up the option to earn your money for something YOU DO, to stay at home and be lazy, getting paid for something you didn’t do, when Mexicans bend over backwards and try to help up us and we just ignore them like they’re nobody…

27 10 2011
Erin XD

I agree with you Nick it is kind of silly to not take that offer. If i was one of the people who got asked to pick apples i would take it!

27 10 2011
gianna dirck

I agree i would take the job if i had a chance h

27 10 2011
DeJah =D

True nick americans are just being pickey.

27 10 2011
macie

That’s true. And if they don’t want there farms to close down they should take the migrant workers like you said and not give up and ask them. After all they are just waiting there wanting to come pick some fruit and we won’t let them. If they want the apples just let the migrant workers come in and help us. It’s really not that hard if you just think about it. And if the Americans see the migrant workers taking there job that they could have had, the Americans might want to come work for the apple company and then there won’t be anymore problems with the apples anymore. We hope.

27 10 2011
cole

well Aron i don’t agree all of the 2000 people got asked for a job

27 10 2011
Mariah

I think that the government of Washington state is wrong to let people that doesn’t live in Illinois not be able to work at that job.It’s weird, people in Illinois doesn’t want the job but,people in Mexico does.There is 200,000 people who lives in Illinois and doesn’t have a job.The Washington apple job needs 80 farmers to work there to be able to get $100,000 they only have 60 farmers.The workers get $150 a day.They asked about 200,000 people 199,800 people said no.(I would have said yes $150 a day is lot a money.)

27 10 2011
macie

I agree mariah. But i think the reason the unemployed people don’t want to work is because they just get to sit around all day and do nothing and still get payed. It sound wrong. But also some people don’t like to do a lot of work. They are probably fine with the apple farms closing down or going out of business. They wouldn’t care if it is other people but they should probably look at it in there point of view and pretend they are the farmers and see how they feel

27 10 2011
LMarkley14

Erin I agree with you because if they don’t let the Mexicans in the whole country will raise their taxes because people aren’t getting jobs and people will go poor and be homeless then all of our economy will be totally messed up and we will no longer be a strong country of the USA.

27 10 2011
Meghan =d

Logan i disagree with you because if we let mexicans have the job then since most americans disagree with me they will get mad and take the jobs which will result in more people having jobs and getting the country back on its feet by not giving people more money for unemployment.

27 10 2011
LMarkley14

Doesn’t anyone else wonder why they will not let the Mexicans into the USA to help the government stay alive and wealthy?

27 10 2011
JSandei23

I agree with you nick! If I got that chance, I would totally pick apples!

27 10 2011
Brady Wytrwal

The reason they need to pay the people is because they rather do nothing and get paid more then do hard work and get paid less. The reason for this is because the people don’t want to work because they don’t need to work to get money because they state is giving them money for no help working or doing a job they just sit around doing nothing and getting paid. They should let the Mexicans in so they could work but spread them throughout Washington to work for different things and trick the people who don’t want to work anymore and make the payments for the workers more better so that the none workers want to work and get paid more and not care if their back hurts or the get sick because they will think about all the time waiting to get paid. Then they will want to work to get money and help the family eat pay bills and have something to do all day instead of sitting around doing nothing just let the Mexicans in to work thank you.

27 10 2011
Mariah

Superb Job Nick!!If you were getting asked would you take the job or will you just say I’m a … ?

27 10 2011
ddorich

I agree it can fall into a habit to be lazy but if it was a job picking apples I would me glad to have it because let’s face it all you need are arms and be capable of not falling out of a tree and it pays better than begging all day and sleeping in a ditch.People in America are suppose to help America and not be so crazy to decline a good job that pays 150 dollars a day and you can get whatever you want in two weeks what would you like a job or begging all day that might land you in jail and a fine I mean out of all the things you want is for money to be taken away from you.If they were smart they would want that job and beg for it I mean wouldn’t you?

27 10 2011
macie

if i were the government, i would have the unemployed people try it for one day just one day to see if they like it or not. If they like it, great they can work there. But if they don’t like it they don’t have to work there. I think it would be great if they worked there because it would be good for them to do it instead of just sitting on the couch all day. Also, you don’t even have to be educated to do this. Now some people may think it is a hard job and it is you need a lot of muscle. But still, it’s good to try new things right? And they never no, they might really like it and want to keep doing that and that’s great. But then other people just like to lounge around all day and that’s fine to but what would you rather do, pick apples for 8 only 8 hours a day and get payed $150 a day and earn a lot of money knowing you did a good job, or sit around all day and look for jobs and apply for them on the computer and just get payed for 1 year or until you can find a job? You won’t even need to look for a job if you go to pick apples. Also you would probably be saving a ton of apple orchards and that would make the farmers happy.

27 10 2011
gianna dirck

I would change the laws. I would change the law about the ilegel imergrants come into America. That would help the apple farms in Washington. On one condition, they may only work at the apple farms. This is fear because America in the 1st place would not let them in. Changing this law would help Washington through tough times. Also it would help people in Mexico get jobs. Americans might not agree but they said no to the job so its open for anyone now. Changing this law would help many people out and especially Washington. Apple farms need more workers and the 200,000 people in Washington that does not have a job said no to it. Those choses made it hard on Washington the place where they live. So changing this law will help make Washington a nice place again. So changing the law will do good for many things, places, and people.

27 10 2011
allison p.

i liked your Gianna i thought it was a very good story

27 10 2011
gianna dirck

thank you. but what do u think we should do

27 10 2011
Seth gutknecht

If I were a governor i would stop letting people come into the unemployment office.And when an apple picking farmer came to get someone to work for them, and if they said no, and came back in line, I would tell them to get out of line and go get a job for apple picking. We need more workers. And stop giving away money to people who deny a job, but they are still LOOKING for a JOB and they don’t WANT it, yet they still come and tale our money. Soon Washington will go out of business and become the poor state with no jobs and people to work for it.Because we don’t want Mexicans coming and taking our jobs. We Americans need money, food, water, clothing, and all different kinds of stuff. That’s what i would do. And I’m sure other people too would do the same

27 10 2011
gianna dirck

i think thats a little harsh. just saying.

27 10 2011
trinity=]

How would you stop letting people go into the un enployment office.?.?

27 10 2011
DeJah =p

If i were govenor of Washington, I would change some rules to make life easier for the people wwho cant get jpbs or dont have jobs. For examle one of the laws I would change would be the timespan of how you have beforeyou can qualify and get the job. Mr. Curtis talked to 7th period about how long you have before you can get the job offically. It takes a year before the manager of the job or whoever runs the place to see if you can acually get the job. Back to the topic, I would change the time span thing I would give you how ever long you needed before you acually get the job. I know it doesnt take that long before you can find a job and prove that yo have acually looked for a few jobs to qualify for. Another thing I would change is how much you get paid. Most people pay maybe 15 dollars a day. But i would pay 25 dollars an hour to be more exceptable. Washington pays pepole 150 dollars a day. If payed you, you would get twice the price of that. And thats what I would do if i was the govenor of Washington.

27 10 2011
Dion Thompson

Maybe we should allow people from Mexico into America a little more for more work and apple farms won’t go out of business so quick. If America allows immigrants to come into this country there would be dozens and dozens of more apple orchards than there already are for more apples, more jobs, and people would have more money. And even if there wouldn’t be more orchards there would be more apples being picked before the cold season starts and the apples are no good. Why would anyone want to turn down a job that pays 150$ a day and you only work for 8 hours than sit home all day and don’t make any money because a pretty stupid, but good paying job could be yours! And if people accepted this job, that means instead of 200,000 people out of business, there could only be 50,000 people out of business. When more people have jobs that means more people having homes, and they can be able to have about 1000$ in 2 weeks to feed a family for 3 weeks, and plus, that’s more than what a regular teacher makes after 6 weeks of college and apple picking, you don’t need to be educated to pick apples.

27 10 2011
Seth gutknecht

Your kinda right but remember how they DON’T want Mexicans

27 10 2011
DeJah =D

And i would also change the hours. Some people have the strangest hours.

27 10 2011
Riley clark :D

If i worked for the government the first law i would change would be that people that are not from America the could still work here. I honestly think that the law that says they cant work here is stupid. Next thing I would change is that you don’t have to go to collage to be a farmer. I think that every job like that you should have to go to collage for it. Also I think that you should have a time limit for unemployment. I think that because probably half of the people who don’t have jobs are probably not even looking for one because they just think there just gonna get paid. I also think that most of the Mexicans just take whatever job is offered and do there best. Most of the Americans aren’t like that they want jobs like an artist or a high superficiality job. If i was a Governor this is what i would do.

27 10 2011
Alvin Carroll

If I was the governor of Washington I would do alot of stuff.One thing I would do is try to persuade people to pick the apples.This is how I would do it I would say if you do not get a job picking apples you will not be able to get your unemployment check because the apple business will go out of business and that is where most of our taxes come from.If they do not listen to that I will persuade them in another way like saying if you do not accept the job o picking apples then you will not have a home in Washington because we will be in so much financial problems we wont be able to give you your check and you will have to find somewhere else to live.Just to make sure I was serious I would supply them with tools needed to pick apples like lightweight bags gloves and Ill even give them a 30 minute break.So if they do not take that then i will have to just wish them luck and send them on their way because I could just find Migrant workers to work for us and we wont have to pay anybody else because migrant workers don’t live in Washington so we will only pay for their work and send them back to Mexico or what ever country they came from.This is what I would do if I was Governor of Washington

27 10 2011
carleen2

I think what you wrote was good. I would not add anything else.

27 10 2011
allison p.

If i were the governer of Washington i would let the migrant workers help pick the apples at the farms. i would also make sure that people put adds about the farms in the papers and on the news. That way people who don’t have jobs can know that they can go pick apples for a lot of money. I would do it if i didn’t have a job. Lots of people said no because they want money from the goverment for free, and i think that that is wrong to do that. it is just like lying. So i would try my best to keep the apple orchards up and running. my thought is that people with out jobs should at least try picking apples , you’ll never now if you like the job or not. Since i like apples i would try my hardest to keep the apple farms. i think i would make a good governer.

27 10 2011
gregory s

very good but are there any other ways to get workers?

27 10 2011
trinity=]

If i was governer i would write a strongly worded letter to the goverment. About how we should let some migrant workers into are state to help pick apples in, orgin and washington. The main point of the letter would be how we don’t have enough workers. Also how it is affecting the money we make and how many apples we pick. Then at the very end of the letter i will explan to them how much money we lose when we don’t have enough poeple. Then at the end i will ask to meet them in person. So i can explan to them the amout of unemployed workers turned down the job when we offered it to them. That is what i would do if i was governer. :}

27 10 2011
Riley clark :D

i agree i think it unbelievable that like 200,000 people are with out jobs in Washington. Also i think that people from Mexico and alot of other countries should be able to have jobs.

27 10 2011
Sean Grant

i think that if I was government then I would change the law so that migrant workers could come in and help our country. To be honest there doing us a favor and were doing them a favor. If we were to let the migrant workers in to our country and work there wouldn’t be any fights between the world. If I was government I would go on the T.V and whatever someone was watching will get blocked off for about 3 min. then it will go back to your scheduled program. I would tell them about how we need workers to pick apples we pay $150 a day just picking apple after apple then you would have to put the apples in the back of a truck. I would put a phone number on the bottom of the screen and tell them to call us if you want the job.

27 10 2011
Blake Munch

Sean im with u that they should let the migrant workers come in and work instead of the people that said no.

27 10 2011
Seth gutknecht

But Sean their taking OUR money from OUR country

27 10 2011
Ryan Whitney

I think the whole tv thing is really smart Sean

27 10 2011
gianna dirck

Im with u i agree with that 100%

27 10 2011
Alonte

If I was govern I would convince, them to pick apples. And If that didn’t work. I would tell the president that he needed, to let the migrant workers come in and do some apple piking. And If he said no I would tell him that your biggest way to make money is over. And if they lost there jobs, then you would have to pay money to the people who lost there jobs. Soon you would not have any money to give away. If you don’t have money then you would have to sell the state to a different country. Why these migrant workers can save the state of Washington. This is that impotent, and then I would say you could tell them that if you don’t get a job you could starve to death. Then you could get more people to pick apples. If they still said no about migrant workers the I would say then we all lose are job. That what I would do if was the govern of the state of Washington.

27 10 2011
carleen2

If i were to be the governor i would change a lot of things. There are not a lot though. I would want people from only our country (U.S.A.) to be able to work here because it seems that we don’t really get that much along with other countries. I would want that because then we would only have to worry about our selves. Then more people in Washington would have more jobs. I like that they are lending that people with out jobs money but, they should be able to try harder or barrow from another family member. I believe that everyone should share the wealth. But also if you have been looking for a job why wouldn’t you take it, that gives you even more pressure to try to find a job that is good enough for you. I would also change that you do not need a degree to be able to get into jobs such as farming. But those are just my opinions.

27 10 2011
Ryan Whitney

If I were the governor there would be some changes. I would make sure that people were trying to get a job. If I got an email from any place telling me you did try to get the job then you will get the check. You only get the check I get at least 2 emails. But if you were offered a good paying job and declined it, good luck because your not getting the check. The only exception is if you were injured during that time. I would let migrant workers come to work but only in this state they could get trips to only here and back. The migrant workers can only work for one apple company until harvest season is over. After that I will send them back without stopping in other states to see what it’s like. Then we still will have unemployed people but when they see how much they really make they might want to work picking apples. That is what I would do if I were governor.

27 10 2011
Blake Munch

If i was the governor of the state of Washington i would not give the 199,900 people the unemployment money because they had the choice to take a job that would pay them $150 a day and rather do nothing so i would let the Mexican people come in and take the jobs. I would also not give any unemployment money to the people that didn’t take the job because there just sitting at home doing nothing and making money because there lazy. I don’t think that they should get any money at all. I would take this job because you would get paid more picking apples than sitting home on a couch and eating junk food and watching t.v. I’m not going to pay the people that are sitting at home money for watching t.v. and eating junk food i would rather pay the Mexicans money for picking apples. The people just want free money for not doing anything so I’m not going to pay them for that because its not right. They might also not want to work so they don’t get hert or sick. I think that the governor of Washington let the Mexican people in and get a job instead of the people that said no I don’t need this job I’m to good for it ill find a different or better job.

27 10 2011
Justak

That’s what I think too! It’s a waste to give unemployed money because they could’ve had a job picking apples.

27 10 2011
Collin Reilly

If I was governor I would make them try the job to keep the people busy. I think that they should let the migrant people work because they deserve it for not acting so lazy. Also I wouldn’t pay them as much to start the job but then give the people raises. The government should stop giving the people money for doing absolutely nothing. I think you have to earn your money by working. If you don’t want to work then people aren’t going to eat if they are vegetarians and only eat fruit. The Mexicans should get the jobs for trying to get one and being grateful the have a job not like the Americans that don’t want the job. It sounds rude to tell a family that apple farms to tell them there business is stupid and your to good it. I think that the Mexicans should get the job and not the Americans.

27 10 2011
DeJah =D

I would also change if you were an american or not. Anybody can work in america

27 10 2011
heather p.

i think Americans should work harder because the people who do work hard are payin for the people that don’t work hard. I think if they don’t have a job and someone offers you a job they should take the the job because you have to get money someway or another to get money you have to work hard for money and u cant live on employment for ythe rest of your life you have too step up to the plate and get r down i think the people that are sitting on there couch right now and dont have a job they should look more for a job because if you hade children and you had to suport a family then you would be out findin a job my dad work 10 hours a day tryin to suport my family so i wish ther were people like my dad that actally try to find a job one time my dad got fired and then in a couple hours he got a job because some one had told the person who hired him that he was a really good worker but thats not the point th point is that my dad worked really hard at his old job and then some herd about him workin so hard that he got a new job.

27 10 2011
hjustak14hjustak14

I think so to heather!!!

27 10 2011
Jessica K.

totally agreeing with you both!

27 10 2011
ddorich

Not to bad Cole I Think that is a great idea someone needs to tell those lazy guys to accept a job like present because in a way it kinda is and tell them in away like using a microphone a good in job giver is coming and a lot of the problem will be over with people with jobs and the apple farms have their workers and everyone will have a job.

27 10 2011
gregory s

well the first thing i would do would be to go to the unemployment office and get a list of the people that went there the longest lets say people over 10 months . then i would see how many people were on the list and see how many workers each farmer would get if i divided them evenly . lets say 1,000people went over 10 months , and there were 300 farms that needed 20 workers , 100 that needed 10 and 50 that needed 15 so each farm would get maybe 4/5 workers . then i would take the people from unemployment 7/10 months and repeat .

then i would take a lucky 1000 migrant workers and divvy them up to farmers . then each farm would need about 2/10 workers that would take care of the migrant workers . then i would just take flyers for the farms over a 1 mile radius around each farm .

that is how i would get jobs for the apple farms , but that would take about 1 year for the whole progress to take place .

27 10 2011
Collin Reilly

I agree Sean if you don’t say that something people could move to Washington for a job.

27 10 2011
Taylor

If I was governor of the Washington state, I would have all types of people working there, Not just American’s. When we needed more people working for the apple farms.The bosses didn’t want any other race to be working there. When only half of the people said yes to the job they still needed more people but didn’t want other races. The apple farm would go out of business because the bosses only wanted Americans. People with no jobs are passing up an opportunity that could get there life started instead of saying no and still having the government help them out. Getting paid $150 dollars a day and just working 8 hours per day is a good deal instead of weren’t getting paid at all. Having all races would be more of a success then only having American’s because then more people are getting paid and the apple farm has employee’s. The people who are getting asked to work for the apple farm should accept it because your making money for yourself and the apple farm has finally has enough employee’s.

27 10 2011
lhammond14

I agree with you because who cares if anyone from Mexico is picking apples for us. We aren’t selling enough apples so they should help us. Would you pick apples if you were unemployed and an adult?

27 10 2011
hjustak14

I wouldnt pick apples if I was an adult but what if you were a high school kid with out a job

27 10 2011
Jessica Kasencak

If I were the governor of Washington I would change two things about the state of Washington. In my opinion I think all the 200,000 unemployed people should be forced to work at least one day on an apple orchid and get paid. Also I think the law about not allowing Mexicans to work should be changed. I think this because it’s not fair not to let other people from different countries not have a job and be like all the other unemployed people. I say that we should try these 2 new techniques out because there might be a chance more unemployed people will get employed and that more apple orchids will not go out of business. Plus if more people are employed, the government wouldn’t have to pay people to find a job and what is everyone going to do after a year of being unemployed?

27 10 2011
Jessica K.

If I were the governor of Washington I would change 3 things about the state of Washington, try and have all unemployed citizens employed, have all the apple orchids have their apples picked, and allow Mexicans work in the state of Washington. I think Washington should have all of these things accomplished because it’s better for Washinton and better for the people in Washington to have a job and a home. Also not just americans have to work on apple orchids. In my opinion I think all the 200,000 unemployed people should be forced to work at least one day on an apple orchid and get paid. Also I think the law about not allowing Mexicans to work should be changed. I think this because it’s not fair not to let other people from different countries not have a job and be like all the other unemployed people. I say that we should try these 2 new techniques out because there might be a chance more unemployed people will get employed and that more apple orchids will not go out of business. Plus if the farmers do need more workers, then the government will make a new law stating that the farmers are allowed to take anyone from the unemployed group of people and make them work for them. If that person does not work for the farmer then they will not be able to get the money from the government and not have people help them find a job, so that way more migrant workers could work in Washington and they should be allowed to help out the apple farmers pick apples.

27 10 2011
bradley cermak

If i were the governor of Washington i will make some laws. One of the laws would be too get a different job that you like. Also if the people from Mexico and you have a little America in you can have a job in Washington to pick apples and other foods that the people what picked. The people from Mexico get two months two work and move to a job in Mexico. If no more people the in other places far away get free plane ride and work for the apple farm. If they said its too hard you hire them always if the show up for the job. Another thing is to make sure they don’t smuggle apples to eat. If u ask 200,000 people most should said yes.

27 10 2011
Justin Conant

If I was the governor of Washington I would tell the unemployed people and see one final time to see if they would like to join up for the job. I would also say and tell ask the Mexicans if they would like to join and come to the Washington Apple Farm for the job. If a lot of Mexicans signed up, then we would be write on track. Then they would have enough people to pick apples and enough money so they could keep the farm.

27 10 2011
Josh Zielinski

Maybe we can solve this problem by changing some of the rules around America. Mexican people are very poor right now and they all might die because they can’t o ford to put dinner on the table for them-self’s and for their families. We are really in a bad situation right now. We are really being really bad. We are not having the Mexicans have jobs in America. That’s bad. Were not treating the Mexicans fairly right now. They will do anything for some money or just a fun job to do. See, we pay Americans a lot of money. And what do they do? They just sit around on their butt and do nothing. And we pay them to do it. Now, that’s just wrong. Mexicans on the other hand. They do a lot of hard work to just have something to eat and they don’t get paid much at all. They only get paid like two cents or something like that. With Mexicans working in America they will get paid a lot more. And Americans will have jobs as well. We will all get the same amount of money every day and we will all have food, money, and jobs.

27 10 2011
Sydney Palacios

If I was Governor of the state of Washington, I would make sure that all the apple farms get all of their apples picked. The first thing I will do is change a law or two. The first law being turned over is the law about having migrant workers not allowed to work for the Washington farms. I don’t think it’s fair that because your not an American, they’re not allowed to work for the farmers and help them get their apples picked. Most of the unemployed people didn’t even want to do the job of picking apples. If migrant workers do work for the farmers then all the apples will most likely get picked. If the Washington farmers still didn’t have enough workers, then I would have the farmers talk to the unemployed people. If they say no, then the farmers should tell the unemployed people that they give us a lot of their money. So without them, they wouldn’t be getting their money for free.
If the farmers do need more workers, then the government will make a new law saying that the farmers are allowed to take anyone from the unemployed group of people and make them work for them. If that person does not work for the farmer then they will not get their money from the government and will have to try to get a job on their own without any money. That way the unemployed will have to take the job and pick apples or try to get a different job without the government helping them out. So migrant workers should be allowed to help out the apple farmers pick apples.

27 10 2011
ddorich

I think some one needs to get a good job and won’t accpet it is kinda crazy so let the Mexians come for a little bit and save our gov and be thankful

27 10 2011
Emma

I think that is a bad idea to keep migrant workers out of are country because if people don’t want a job at an apple farm, well that’s their problem. I also think that the government is wrong just because people aren’t American doesn’t mean they can’t do anything. another reason why is because many people just want a better job that could or will pay more money but if they make about $150 a day just to pick apples for 5 days a week and work for 8 hours a day. I would do anything to get that kind of money. Just think if those jobs are taken then the apple farms will be bigger then there will be more jobs. The thing is that I don’t get is that people just turned down those job offers. Why someone just say no I am to good for that job? Some people would give anything to just have a job and they just turn it down. I always love to go down to grandpa’s and grandma’s apple farm. We would just go on an on just pick all day put my favorite part was to juice the apples and turn them into apple juice. But why don’t they have workers this year they had to do it all by themselves. So why are people just going back to get more money because on day they might tell you no then what are you going to do then you will be asking for that job but it might be to late and someone who really want that job will get it and then you will be saying your sorry. So I think the should get rid of the law that said that migrant workers can’t come into this country. Helping people find a job isn’t bad but I think they might just be in it for the money. I think they need to change those laws.

27 10 2011
Justin Conant

I agree with Heather because the Americans need to work harder and to fight and try to get more workers for their company.

27 10 2011
Justin Conant

I also agree with Collin because I do think that the Mexicans need to help out the Americans and could not be that lazy and come and help us.

27 10 2011
lhammond14

I agree with all the people that say Mexicans should come to Washington to pick apples. They are begging to come to to the U.S. to help but we aren’t allowing them too. It’s a bad choice because our people don’t want to work to pick apples.

27 10 2011
Dylan Felgenhauer

I agree with you they should let Mexicans to come to washington to pick apples i mean w don’t want to do it but they want to.

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