On Labor Day, it’s traditional to talk about work and wages.
This fall in Wisconsin, discussion of those topics will go on for months. It appears that jobs will be one of the top issues in the campaign for governor, and a referendum on raising the minimum wage is on the ballot in Kenosha and several other counties.
Sometimes the city government has a strange attitude about money.
There was no problem coming up with hundreds of thousands of dollars on relatively short notice to remodel Simmons Field and bring in a Northwoods League baseball team. There seems to be a quarter of a million dollars available for a roof replacement for the Southport Park Beach House, a project that isn’t high on the list of repairs the beach house needs. The city came up with $200,000 to fix 104th Avenue without waiting for an agreement on cost sharing with the town of Somers, which the road borders.
The stock market is up dramatically compared with a few years ago.
The county unemployment rate is down significantly, from nearly 11 percent in 2010 to 7.1 percent last month.
In mid-June of this year, I was invited to join a team of Snap-on Inc. associates hosting an Honor Flight Network trip to Washington, D.C. Because the veterans we would be hosting were retired or current Snap-on associates and franchisees, the invitation was doubly special, because of my prior service in the Wisconsin Army National Guard and my current employment at Snap-on.
That memorable weekend began on Friday, June 20, with the Snap-on host team meeting the Honor Flight veterans and their guardians at Mitchell International Airport. A spirited sendoff from fellow associates and the veterans’ families sent us on to Baltimore. There we joined other veterans going on the tour, along with Honor Flight Network chairman Jim McLaughlin and executive director Diane Gresse.
The Beijing Independent Film Festival was abruptly shut down over the weekend of Aug. 23-24. With timing likely to be considered too contrived in a movie script, this crackdown occurred just before Hollywood’s Aug. 25 Emmy awards for television programs.
Li Xiantang, a founder of the festival, and artistic director Wang Hongwei were temporarily taken into custody after offices were searched and various materials seized by police. The film festival, which dates from 2006, has faced harassment from authorities in the past but was able to carry on.
If television has taught me anything, it’s that life is like “Gilligan’s Island.” Thurston Howell III and Lovey will always be just fine. Gilligan will just keep getting coconuts dropped on his head.
Like the castaways, we here in Kenosha have lots of coastline. The likely plan for the improvement of two of our lakefront public parks (Kennedy and Pennnoyer) includes closing Kennedy Drive, a unique place where motorists can get within 15 feet of the water. Mr. and Mrs. Howell, who have nearby houses with gorgeous lake views, clearly favor this plan.
Who knew that one of the best made-for-Labor Day speeches in American history would be delivered by a CEO? And who could have guessed that the summer’s major labor story would not be about a CEO saving the jobs of his workers but about the workers saving the job of their CEO?
This is the wonder of the happy-ending tale of Market Basket, the New England grocery chain. Most of its 25,000 non-unionized workers walked out to get their deposed CEO, Arthur T. Demoulas, reinstated as the company’s leader. Last week, they won.
Among prospective Republican presidential candidates, Rep. Paul Ryan is unique. He puts policy ahead of politics.
That’s not to say the 2012 Republican vice presidential nominee doesn’t have a good ear for what plays in GOP politics. But he made clear in a recent breakfast session with reporters sponsored by The Christian Science Monitor and in other interviews that his focus is easing domestic poverty, an issue he has spent weeks, if not years, exploring.
Betrothed women of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your husbands’ names.
I’m getting married in a few days, and — as I’m told happens with most weddings — lots of exhausting fights over minuscule details have broken out along the long, treacherous road to the altar. But the biggest blow-ups, in my case, were over names.