“No one earning $50-$60K a year (especially in California) can afford a Lexus--unless they have a second income stream or a sugar daddy. That statement alone makes other declarations in your post suspect.
As Rob_Loveday mentions, teachers are paid for the number of months THEY ACTUALLY WORK, and can opt to have their nine months of pay spread over the full year.
“After listening to this sorry excuse for a person pontificate since the Newton tragedy, I have come to the conclusion he is the perfect example of a mentally ill person who should not be allowed to possess a gun.”
“"Our water supply, especially our water supply, is low and very limited compared to most other states."
That's exactly why I don't understand how we can afford to waste the millions of gallons of water it takes to operate the wells. Oh, well. Take no thought of the 'morrow, Frackenlooper!”
bassjam5 on Feb 28, 2013 at 08:13:47
“It takes between 10 and 7 million gallons of water each time they frack a well. They can frack the same well as many as 16-20 times. That is a lot of water. When they tell us we can't water our trees and lawn, but they are still fracking that is wrong.”
speedyexpress48 on Feb 27, 2013 at 22:06:58
“Well, to be fair, he can flee the state once everything goes bad.
“Oh, please. Every ardent Catholic I've ever had a conversation with about Protestantism didn't know diddly squat about it. I don't believe for a second that Santorum pays that much attention to ANY flavor of Protestantism. He just wants to yammer on about religion, which has NO place in politics!”
I have tried everything and came to the realization these people will never change. As another poster said, some people are born with an "inner clock." So, I choose my battles. One thing I do do is start meetings on time and without them--and I do NOT go back and review what they missed.
As for replacing them, it is not that easy in my profession (academic librarianship, with a specialty in cataloging, digital preservation, metadata). Trust me, I know.”
“Like others posting here, I was raised to always be on time. I was taught that it was polite and respectful, so it drives me nuts that at my current place of employment people regularly show up late for meetings.
I also supervise two people who simply cannot consistently show up at 9:00 AM every day--even though the work day is technically 8-5. Funny, though, how one can manage to drag herself out of bed to give a 7:30 presentation to her old sorority, and the other can get up at 5 AM on Black Friday to stand in line to buy a digital camera.”
John T Horner on Oct 29, 2013 at 10:12:04
“As a supervisor, why do you put up with employees who are never at work on time? Give them a few written warnings, then replace them if they can't get with the program. There are others out there with the skills the job requires and who will show up on time. By coddling the disrespectful you are keeping good people on the unemployment lines.”
Mixpixlix on Oct 29, 2013 at 08:13:27
“It's a matter of priorities, and the two examples you've given speak volumes. I'm surprised you haven't put them on notice. I know people have been fired for chronic lateness.”
JoeyDee2 on Oct 29, 2013 at 07:19:35
buw on Oct 29, 2013 at 05:45:24
“I chuckled at the last bit. So true. Keeping time is beyond just being courteous. It is respecting another person's time and not assuming the world revolves around you. When tardiness is met with some sort of consequence, perhaps people drag their weight to be more punctual.”
“I’ve been an academic librarian for almost thirty years and am of course appalled and disgusted by this. My comments:
1. Appointing non-academics to head universities is the “fad du jour”—typically in red states—and often results in lousy leaders like Mitch Daniels.
2. The idea that liberal professors are out to brainwash young adults attending their classes is ridiculous. They are too busy focused on the main facets of their job--teaching, research, and service--especially in this day and age when state funding of public universities has sunk to a new low and they are just trying to cope.
3. I was an undergraduate history major. My professors routinely made a point of presenting various viewpoints in the classroom, which was a refreshing departure from the sanitized version of history taught in K-12. One thoughtful poster below used the term “nationalistic propaganda,” which I finally realized it was. I will be grateful to my profs forever for teaching me to think critically and demonstrating that, while history is factual, it is also interpreted, and there are valid reasons it is interpreted differently by those who lived it and at different times. Comparing and contrasting alternate viewpoints is just one thing that makes history so interesting.
I added Zinn’s book to our collection a few months ago. I look forward to starting it more than ever—and I will approach it with a critical eye just like I would any book or article on any topic.”
“You summed it up nicely, Gary Wing. I can tell you the only reason I vote is because I believe it's my civic duty. It's certainly not because I think I can elect someone who will make a difference--or who will simply do his/her job as a member of Congress.”
“You said STUDENTS, not CIVILIANS. I am not finding anything that supports your statement that "... students defended themselves and supported the police with personal weapons." I found the information on CIVILIANS.
I won't waste my time commenting on the part of your reply about CC. I'm done with this conversation.”
BigWillyG on Jan 4, 2013 at 15:19:25
“Students are civilians. Also the incident included faculty and staff alongside students. Civilians includes all of them.”
“What is the source for your claim about the UT shooting? I'm not finding anything that supports it.
I knew about Utah and Arizona but not Mississippi or Wyoming, despite the fact I live next door in Colorado. I know what the law is here--in fact I work at a Colorado university and don't feel any safer knowing that CC is allowed.”
BigWillyG on Jan 2, 2013 at 21:41:27
“Really? The use of guns by those not police in defending against Texas Tower is famous. It's in the Wiki on the incident along with every book and documentary on the incident. Dr. G and National Geographic have both had recent documentaries on Texas Tower which made a point about the civilian involvement. Dr. G especially mentioned how a civilian shotgun hit to Whitman's head creates a debate over whether a tumor caused his madness due to the damage it did to his head and brain creating issues for the medical examiner.
Google Wall Street Journal and Huffpost for information on schools allowing guns.
Whether CC permits make you feel safer is irrelevant. As long as others leave you alone it doesn't matter. Being concealed carry you likely will never know who has a permit in the first place.”
“"Decades ago schools let students have guns on campus and none of that happened."
Please name some of these schools. I'm curious.”
BigWillyG on Jan 2, 2013 at 15:45:07
“For starters the most famous example is University of Texas at Austin. When Charles Whitman started sniping from the library tower in 1966 students defended themselves and supported the police with personal weapons. Modern bans on guns on campuses only date back to the campus protests and violence of the late '60s and early '70s.
Of modern schools allow either CC permits or guns in general you have the University of Colorado system most recently, every Utah state school, the University of Arizona, Mississippi and Wyoming systems along with several state systems in which the legislatures are currently working to allow either. Search on here they had an article on it a few months ago.”
“Appointing professionals with a non-academic background to run universities and colleges has become the “fad du jour.” This was tried at least twice in my state, once at a public institution (he was formerly a politician) and once at a private institution (he was a businessman), without success. As stated in the quote of Ms. Keohane above: “A leader who has excelled in a career with different mores and expectations inevitably finds it hard to understand the particular requirements of leadership in higher education."”
“LOL! Spin it any way you wish, sweetheart. Believe what you want; it’s your right. Now, let me repeat: the salary AND benefits are based on nine months of work, NOT twelve.
I will argue no further with you at this point, and take comfort in the fact that you are obsessed with some idiotic notion you can’t get out of your head.
Oh, and by the way—it’s “their,” not “there.” I expect better from a college graduate.”
pa104inf on Jun 8, 2012 at 00:35:24
“Give me a break. The benefits stop after nine months, correct? Because, that is what usually happens with a part-time job. I have to laugh when teachers try to claim that they are working a part-time job. Sorry, nobody believes anymore that teachers are poor. Teachers will soon suffer like the rest of us riff-raff. One other point, for some reason, I have always had a problem with the difference between their and there. If that is the best you can do then I feel sorry for your side.”
“"They [teachers] seem to be practically the only profession in the world where they get off all summer and expect to be paid as if they are working all year long."
Really, pa104inf? REALLY? Now, why would teachers expect something like that? Let's use our common sense, shall we? WHAT employer in this country is willingly going to pay someone for not working for three months of the year?
Full disclosure: my father was a teacher for over 30 years. He was paid for NINE months of work but his salary was distributed over a TWELVE-month period so he was regularly receiving a paycheck. I work at a major research university and the teaching faculty with nine-month contracts make a choice when they are hired if they wish to--again--receive their salary over nine months or twelve. Comprendez-vous? Next time make sure you know the facts before you open your mouth.”
pa104inf on Jun 1, 2012 at 07:38:39
“Really? We both know the salary is a 12-month salary even though they are paid over a 9-month period. The proof is that there benefits are for 12-months not nine, right?”
“Good one! You realize, of course, that if SHE had taken her clothes off, Warren's opponents would be trashing her as a tart and a tramp.”
CMontalvo on Nov 17, 2011 at 00:18:18
“[Off topic in reply to an inquiry that you made that didn't permit a reply.]
My claim that 93% of private sector employers pay their employees market-derived wages and benefits stems from three things:
1. 93% of private sector employers are non-unionized and aren't coerced into paying wages that will make them uncompetitive.
2. In the private sector, paying wage rates higher than market leads to lower margins and/or lower market share, both of which are inconsistent with the objective of maximizing shareholder returns. (P.S. Don't get confused by suggesting that paying higher wages will get you "more qualified" candidates. If they're truly "more qualified", then you're comparing apples and oranges and simply paying a market rate for a higher skill.)
3. I spent my career in human resources, retiring as a VP of HR for a Silicon Valley telecom company. I participated in countless wage surveys with companies of all types and sizes, local and international. I never encountered a company that paid anything other than a market rate for wages and benefits...NEVER.
Compensation is one of the LEAST understood and MOST emotional topics for employees, who erroneously assume that pay somehow equates with how much employers value them, how important their job is or whether they're being treated "fairly". Just as a 1,600 sq. ft. house in Beverly Hills CAN'T cost $2.4 million dollars...but sells for that, markets ensure that the supply and demand are in balance.”