“Starting to like Pope Francis. At least he speaks in everyday terms. What is the church's role in everyday life? Is the church not supposed to follow Jesus? I suspect he makes people uncomfortable. As to Limbaugh, he like a lot of other Methodists are just that in name only i.e. George W. Cheney's etc., While they have the ID they do not have the 'walk the talk ". These days the Methodist church sits on the sidelines when it comes to social issues with very little regard for their own Social Principles. I suspect the Catholic church is going to see an increase in membership as a result of his various statements on the social condition. The Methodists sadly allow people to identify with them but have little if any expectation of behavior. The Catholic church at least makes their members
little uncomfortable in theirs. Good for Francis as I hope he continues to make us uncomfortable.”
Tessla Rabin on Dec 5, 2013 at 00:03:52
“He is reminding the feel good, get rich Christians of Jesus exhortation to take up their cross and follow him. Not something you hear too much of when the idea of material and worldly success are being sold via 'christianity'.”
“Disagree on Rome. Incredible city! As to the trash remark a lot of that comes from the tourists who are pigs as they are everywhere.
Niagra Falls is truly incredible and better from the Canadian side.
London is truly incredible and is fantastic city! There are other ways to offset the costs of being there...
A common thread here is commenting about the people and tourist traps around the sights. They are traps if you allow them to be that for you.”
“It was a comment...2 terms of the house and no jobs bill, not the president. He proposes, congress should be doing their job but because of the republicans it is about politics not the country....should be embarrassing.”
patient i am on Nov 14, 2013 at 22:36:40
“thank you for clearing up who you were referring to.”
“2 terms and no jobs bill. It seems hokey but maybe what society does need is a sense of shame and embarrassment to spotlight our failings. It looks like it is time to bring the concept back. We had a Springer Spaniel that the minute we said shame, he headed for under the bed waited it out and then re-appeared after awhile. Maybe we could have the same thing, but then maybe not have them re-appear???
Maybe they would be so embarrassed they wouldn't want to appearl? I know......good luck on that one! I am a strong believer in these 2 concepts for molding and modifying behavior. Looks like tis time. !”
patient i am on Nov 14, 2013 at 20:02:00
“two terms for who? who are you referring to? the president? sorry but it is not the president that passes legislation. the current president became acutely aware in 2010 that the legislative branch would never ever consider a dem jobs bill.”
Victor Zone on Nov 14, 2013 at 19:55:56
“Your Springer Spaniel had more honor than any tbagger republican.”
“Watched 60 minutes Sunday and the apology was hardly a mea culpa moment. For the misinformation they put out there the original story should have been dissected / corrected and then the apology. Most people if you missed the original program had no idea what the apology was for. This is an especially sensitive news story because of the present congress.. When they get bored they tend to turn to this so they don't have to do any real work. We have appointments that are being held up with the administration being pilloried because of the supposed mismanagement. No, this tantamount to being a Fox story and for most of us we do have a better expectation of 60 minutes. They are and should be held to a higher standard of reporting. This piece was inexcusable. We no longer have the quality of journalism that this country needs as it has been replaced a lot of times by short sound bites and sensationalism.”
DarkSyn on Nov 13, 2013 at 23:25:20
“It probably doesn't help that the new man running CBS used to be a pusher for Fox. Ok, worked for Roger Ailes.”
“Love those "family" centered retailers! There is no reason that Walmart, Kmart and Target need to be open. Thanksgiving is a family holiday. As it is the hours off are not many for a lot of employees. Yes, there are probably so many dollars to go around but for years retailers have always survived. Maybe not a bad idea for communities to go back to the old "blue laws".”
“They don't per se but I have one that the store gave me with their products in it and if they don't have the item they are able to order it. Check with your local JCP. This was 2 weeks ago. They no longer mail catalogs to their customers...another losing point for their "new and improved" as you didn't know they could order either.”
“Was in my local store 2 weeks ago for pantyhose and found Haines...don't want that brand as always look for the store private brand. I was told I could order from the catalog. No, I am in a store! A store that should have a basic core product on the shelf. They have basic stock items that one looks for and they are not in the stores. Let the stores order what they need to stock the shelves as they know what sells and what does not sell. I know as a shopper upper management is totally clueless even now. If Penney's was having problems it came from the "top-down" management of recent years and cutting out the store level in those decisions. No, I do not work for Penneys nor do I have family that does. Just a customer that thinks their one-up management has problems. They have excellent private label products. They have a greater profit margin. Those are the products that people look for and expect. That is the business that they tried to cut out. What a shame! It is business management 101. They better get it figured out fast! Listen to the customer always!”
bronx39 on Nov 13, 2013 at 08:26:50
“JC Penney's does not have a catalog anymore and has not for some years.”
“The article does not say where the woman lives. Geography has a lot to do with what one makes as well. However, to say that I did not read the article is wrong. In fact my reading comprehension is rated very high. What you are stating is a given. The facts are these jobs at one time that were time the bottom of the ladder and because of the economy they have also gotten a lot more competitive to have and to keep. So, suggest one should know something regarding employment, potential, and criteria or one should not comment. I personally have probably looked at more than 10,000 job descriptions since July. It is not easy being unemployed/underemployed. Additionally, being educated vs. under-educated has nothing to do with this present job market...my conclusion. It is LUCK / TIMING and knowing someone.”
Moglie Holt on Oct 26, 2013 at 23:41:52
“"a McResource representative told 27-year-old Nancy Salgado, who works at a Chicago McDonald's"
I don't suggest that things are easy for anyone unemployed/underemployed, only that things are not as dire for educated people. If you've not had much response after looking at that many job postings perhaps it's time to seek the help of a recruiter. Many recruitement services are free to the job seeker and the recruiter often has the connections that the job seeker doesn't.
Despite our disagreement over the woman in the article, I wish you the best of luck in your search.”
“No, minimum wage is just that...what is considered to meet minimums. If one is making 7.50 an hour then take 7.65% off for Social Security one is now down to 6.92 state tax now it is 6.62 then .75 for taxes one is now at 5.87 and the net is now 235.00 if one gets 40 hrs. 211.32 for 35 hours. Now these are approximate amounts depending on the state and also will vary by dependents etc. So, now that on 35 hours is not quite 11,000. That is 916.00 a month to have shelter, food, clothing, and healthcare.....How many of you on this posting think they can do all of that? That is the economic reality of our present "minimum wage"”
rjackson2a on Oct 26, 2013 at 12:19:12
“The question you should be asking is, how many posting here think that an unskilled entry level worker should get the same pay as one has actually gone to school and learned how do do something.”
“Maybe if the Congress would stop fighting Obama we would have had a jobs bill in 2008 instead of spending their energies fighting him all the time. . Maybe we would have roads without pot holes and also bridges that are not in danger of falling down to start with.”
jvinylman502 on Oct 26, 2013 at 12:15:15
“Oh yes ! You just reminded me. obama said " I guess those shovel ready weren't so ready ha ha ". Over 5.5 years of obama failed.policies...what do you expect ?”
“$15 and hour is actually where the minimum wage should be now factoring for inflation etc.,”
rjackson2a on Oct 26, 2013 at 11:58:33
“Learning a needed skill is what people who want a "living" wage should be doing. It doesn't take college. Just any sort of trade school. Learn how to do some thing other than saying, would you like a hot apple pie with that.”
“Where does she live and what is the unemployment rate? When you have educated, skilled people also in these jobs it is very "telling" of our economy. The " pull yourselves up" attitude is nice if we had an economy that would allow these people to move on to a skilled job. You obviously do not have any insight to what is really happening in this economy.”
Moglie Holt on Oct 26, 2013 at 14:16:32
“Educated/skilled workers have lower unemployment throughout the country than people like this woman. Under-employment does occur, but I seriously doubt that's why this woman has been a cashier at McDonald's for 10 years. Except for a small number of higher educated people, even the under employed do better than working at McDonald's making close to minimum wage. Don't bother to fully read the article or look up facts, they might get in the way of your opinions.”
“Congress is okay with the rest of the country picking up the tab for the corporate welfare of these companies. We have such disdain for those that need the financial assistance even for those working in these jobs i.e. McDonalds, Walmart etc.. The reality is we think these jobs are for the unskilled but these last years our economy, thanks to Congress, has done nothing, nothing to offer a jobs bill. We just dropped 24 billion on this temper tantrum orchestrated by a few that could have been put into roads and bridges. Secondary, primary, tertiary development lost because of their issues with Obama. Those jobs in these companies are no longer for the under-educated, unskilled but are jobs for the skilled who cannot find employment in this country. It is ridiculous and inexcusable that we have done nothing to fix these issues.”
Autora on Oct 26, 2013 at 12:31:02
“Thank you! That was about the only reasonable comment I have read on this whole thread. Sure, lets blame people who a) are working, b) trying to survive BY working, and c) subsidize the workers out of our own pockets instead of the corporations themselves paying a living wage.
Do I think a fast food worker should make $15 an hour? In an ideal world, sure, because that would make me, a skilled worker in a retail trade (jewelry) worth at least $20.
But any corporation making these vast profits can certainly afford to not stick taxpayers with the tab for the survival of their employees.”
dragondancer1814 on Oct 26, 2013 at 11:56:36
“It is even more reprehensible that companies like Walmart and McDonald's are raking in big profits, yet are too cheap to pay their employees a living wage! Studies have clearly shown that the increase in prices will be negligible if they do that, yet the bigwigs refuse to stick a crowbar in their wallets and pay their employees better! If Walmart's heirs make enough money that one of his sons can afford to have a racing-car hobby to the tune of $16 MILLION, then they can afford to follow Sam Walton's footsteps and actually give a rat's hat about their employees! Mr. Sam must be breakdancing in his grave by now!
Don't even get me started on how many skilled people are being forced to resort to these lousy-paying jobs because there is literally nothing else out there in their field. We've shipped our highly-skilled or manufacturing jobs overseas and brought in NOTHING to replace them. We as a nation should be ashamed of ourselves!”
rae2525 on Oct 26, 2013 at 11:54:53
“Well put. Many people are flippant on this issue because they still have their jobs that pay them enough to remain in the middle class but more and more people like them are finding themselves in McDonald situations.”