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Be Glad for Any Hours in This Economy

Q.1 I've worked for my local village government as communications director 19 years and I was just cut back from full time to 25 hours a week. I retain health benefits and pension, but I'm losing 10 hours salary. Should ask the board to retain me full time because I really need that extra money. I'm still in my 40s and can retire next year.

Ans. Get down on your knees and give thanks for your blessings. Thousands of people who have been completely laid off, or who lost healthcare and pensions, would love to be in your position. If you need more income, find any part time job to give you 10 hours a week.

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