Following up on a letter he sent to New Jersey’s Department of Labor, U.S. Rep. Jeff Van Drew, (D-2nd) along with Reps. Sherrill, Malinowski and Kim, have requested that the U.S. Department of Labor issue guidance to state workforce agencies to ensure that essential federal workers who have been working without pay are able to access unemployment insurance benefits as soon as possible.

It is written in the Good Book, "Ask and you will receive. Seek and you will find. Knock and the door will be opened."

Anyone who has read this column over time knows that I grew up out West where the culture is significantly different from here on the East Coast. Of course, I am speaking of a half-century ago when I was a kid. One of the marks of the culture in southern New Mexico was the prevalence of hand…