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Taliban militants, who were arrested by Afghan joint forces, stand as they are presented to the media at the governors home in Jalalabad east of Kabul, Afghanistan in Dec 2012. Nineteen Taliban fighters were arrested by Afghan joint forces during an operation in Batikut district of Jalalabad. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
WASHINGTON: Columnists get complaints. After a recent column (which argued that maybe the economy is better than we say), I got one from Alice Lang of Spartanburg, South Carolina. She accused me (politely) of ignoring the long-term unemployed, of which she is one.