Monday, February 15, 2010 11:24:00 PM
How do you feel about the loss of two weeks or more of income, because you are doing jury duty? Fortunately the last time I served on a jury for almost two weeks some years ago, my job paid me as if I had been working. I just had to give up the larger portion of my meager jury duty compensation to my employers which was $9.00 a day. On the sixth day, it rose to $25.00 a day. Think of that compensation in place of your salary!
When I received notice of possible jury duty again, I was on a new job that did not pay you while serving. I hoped that I would not be selected and I wasn't. I admit I was all for doing one's civic duty, until I realized that I could be on a jury for several weeks or even months with no income and only that meager compensation for all that time! There is even the question of job security when you serve a long time!
In this downed economy, many working folks are seeing their benefits depleted and are working jobs that do not pay a penny to an employee who is not working because of jury duty. The loss of income is making it increasingly difficult to sit a jury. People are pleading to be released because of the financial injury that is sure to come from a depleted paycheck or no paycheck at all.
Read more here.
"High school teacher Sharon Friedman told the judge she had no savings and would lose 60% of her February pay. Substitute teacher Martine Tomczyk argued that she needed to be free to take work days when they surfaced. Freelance producer Robert Thatcher said he could lose contracts to competitors if he missed deadlines while on the jury."
Monday, January 18, 2010 9:00:00 AM
This is a repost of Monday January 15, 2007 (the links still work). Please note that Dr. King would have turned 81 today. My recollection of Dr. Martin Luther King who would have turn 78 today was one of taking a courageous stand against day by day racism and legal segregation. I remember the media reports of him spending time in jail for peaceful protests for rights for people of color that are so easily acquired today. I remember watching on TV former President Harry Truman calling Dr. King a trouble maker. When reporters reminded him that Dr. King had been given the Nobel Peace Prize, former President Truman’s response was, “I did not give it to him.” My mother and grandmother who were also watching TV with me were appalled at President Truman’s remarks.
I remember various white people all over the country who where Democrats and Republicans also expressing that Dr King and other civil rights leaders both white and black were trouble makers. Some expressed as did the late Senator Barry Goldwater (as seen in the HBO documentary on him) that Blacks wanted their rights too fast and that they would have to wait. What was really being said is that yes we have denied you rights as citizens, which we enjoy, but you must wait until we are ready to do the right thing. Dr. King’s peaceful actions said NO in high volumes. I wonder if people who thought like the late Senator Goldwater, realized how wrong they were.
Martin Luther King was assassinated in the spring of my junior year in high school. On that day my father’s co-worker had a bit of a personal connection. His co-worker’s son in-law assaulted a passenger on a Philly bus. He assaulted the passenger for saying that Dr. King had died with the garbage. From a legal criminal standpoint, he came to regret assaulting that passenger. Dr. King was in Memphis Tennessee when he was assassinated to support sanitation workers’ protest of low wages and poor working conditions.
Now as far as today is concerned, I do believe Dr. King would not be happy. I agree with Aaron McGruder‘s creation (which is documented in Juan William's Enough) of an Older Dr. King on his Cartoon Network show The Boondocks. Dr. King is in a Church looking out at high school dropouts, gangsta rappers in fistfights, young teenage mothers dressing scantily. He can hear them calling each other the “N” word. This older version of Dr. King looks out and says, ‘Is this it? This is what I got all those a-whippings for?”
We have to do better by his legacy.
Please read this tribute by Starr Parker, and more about Dr. King by Harry Jackson Jr.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009 11:00:00 AM
The proposed universal healthcare also known as Obamacare is rationed care. You know, giving it to some and denying it to others. Do you want to head down that road? Well some health care advocates have started with rationalizing limited health care to the elderly. Beliefs of “what else can they produce and they are going to die sooner than later,” are a part of the rationale for limited health care to the older people.
It has to be the thinking that more medical attention should be given to infirmities of the young and vital, because universal health care can't take care of everybody. The country is already in a trillion dollar deficit, so it can't afford everybody. Someone has to lose out.
It is one thing for an infirmed elderly person to not want whatever state of quality their life is in to be extended. They are making the decision. But to have the government make the decision for you! Go here to read about some elderly nuns' attitudes toward dying and then go here to read a take on that link.
There are many out there who are happy about the coming of universal health care. I wonder how long their happiness will last when they see the government hastening the deaths of the elders in their families due to them being on the denied side of rationed health care.
Saturday, February 14, 2009 2:00:00 AM
Unbelievable! What some people think now because of who we have as president. Go here for an example. I am hearing exactly what this person says at the end from way too many folks in relation to just about everyting.
And Now for Some Truth Wrapped in Humor: A Michael Ramirez Cartoon
Saturday, January 3, 2009 2:15:00 PM
Even though we are still being affected by the economic mess and it has been a rough year for some (including me), we all have many Divine blessings to consider and never forget. The following is a repost of of my January 7, 2007, Blessings:
The following was passed on to me. I do not know the original source of this Blessing gem, but here it is:
Have a good day and count your blessings
- If you woke up this morning with more health than illness…you are more blessed than the million who will not survive this week.
- If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation…you are ahead of 500 million people in the world.
- If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep…you are richer than 75% of this world.
- If you have money in the bank, in your wallet and spare change in a dish someplace…you are among the top 8% of the world’s wealthy.
- If your parents are still alive and still married…you are very rare, even in the United States.
- If you hold up your head with a smile on your face and are truly thankful…you are blessed because the majority can, but most do not.
- If you can hold someone’s hand, hug him or her or even touch them on the shoulder…you are blessed because you can offer God’s healing touch.
- If you can read this message, you just received a double blessing in that someone was thinking of you, and furthermore, you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world that cannot read at all.
[/font] Now here is a column about how spoiled we are today by Patrice Lewis. Your reaction may be different, but I say she is right. Go here for her reaction to many email responses to that column. An indication of people now flurishing in ingratitude! I do not like the change in direction of our moral compass.
Friday, January 2, 2009 8:25:00 PM
Here are new laws that took affect in several states at the very start of the new year.
Monday, December 29, 2008 3:00:00 PM
The world just lost a remarkable man. A man who felt he had been called to be a physician. Dr. John Pryor a trauma/critical-care surgeon of the University of Pennsylvania’s Hospital (were I was born) in Philadelphia was killed on Christmas day by an enemy mortar round in Iraq. He chose to serve in Iraq as a trauma surgeon and was deployed to the 1st Forward Surgical Team. Dr. Pryor could not continue in the business as usual mode when he knew his medical services could save the lives of innocent Iraqi children. His humanity knew no limits.
When the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York were attacked, Dr. Pryor did not give it a second thought. He hitched a ride with an ambulance to New York and joined the rescue efforts. He along with John Chavanes, another Philly doctor was responsible for saving two Port Authority police officers, John McLoughlin and Will Jimeno who had been buried in the rubble of the collapsed towers.
Dr. Pryor had just returned to Iraq on Dec. 6 for a second tour. Condolences go to his wife and 3 children. It is so tragic when such a remarkable man is lost to us. Read more here.