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A North Carolina Air National Guard C-130 cargo plane fitted with the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System, a device for deploying fire retardant against wildfires, is prepared for another training flight at the Cheyenne airport May 7, 2013. Air National Guard units from North Carolina and Wyoming were making practice runs dropping water on targets in southeastern Wyoming and northern Colorado. (AP Photo/Mead Gruver)
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.