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Letter to the editor for July 16, 2021
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Letter to the editor for July 16, 2021

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As someone who loves helping others and getting to know people in my community, driving with Lyft has been the perfect way to earn some extra money on my own time. I work a full-time job, and driving means that I can log on to the app if I have time, but don’t need to worry if I’m busy.

That’s why I’m happy to see that Senator Mark Warner hasn’t signed onto the PRO Act, which has a narrow way of defining independent work that could limit opportunities for people to earn money through driving or other app-based work. Lawmakers should be finding ways to protect flexible and independent earning opportunities, not passing laws that could take them away.

I want to keep driving for as long as I can, but I simply can’t without the flexibility it gives me right now. I appreciate that Senator Warner hasn’t signed onto this bill yet, and I hope he continues standing with workers like me.

Driving has introduced me to so many people with interesting stories, and has even given me long-term friendships. I don’t want to lose out on that, but I may not have a choice if the Senate passes the PRO Act.

SHIRL DOUGLAS

Lynchburg

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