Your – Er, Their Recession: Reporter Who Took Star Tribune Buyout Is Now Broke

“Until 23 months ago, I’d never been unemployed,” writes Delma J. Francis, who took the Star Tribune buyout on June 15, 2007, in MinnPost.

“I was sure I’d find another job quickly…What I hadn’t counted on was the total tanking of the economy.”

She writes about navigating the Byzantine unemployment system, being turned down for medical assistance, and about the vaporization of her 401(k).

“My dream,” she wrote, “(aside from landing a full-time job) is to testify on Capitol Hill—to put a face on the plight of the middle-class unemployed. In the meantime, I’m doing what I can to stay afloat—like all too many others.”