Re. the Oct. 19 Advocate news story, headlined High cost of a downturn, about Ronald Olson (a Blackfalds man who is out of work) and his wife Irene (who has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis):
I have known Ron and Irene Olson for the nine years that I have lived in Blackfalds, and I can honestly say that I have never seen a couple who works harder for their community, never asking for anything in return.
Now, when they need help, and desperately, they suffer, in silence, with only a few who know what they are really going through.
All they need is for Ron to get back working, and yes, I know, that times are tough for everyone; however, this man has years of experience (in the oilpatch), and you aren’t going to tell me that there isn’t a job out there for him.
It is true that he cannot be out of town, Irene depends on him to be home. Her health is quickly going down hill; yet, she doesn’t complain, and goes on helping others.
I ask anyone, help them. If you are a business owner, and you have a position, hire Ron. Let these two keep their house, and keep their lives so they can go on helping others.