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I'm stunned every year by the number - alyburns' (aka sideburns & alyjude) Hiding Place
If you spoke faster than David Hewlett you’d travel back in time: Michael Shanks
I'm stunned every year by the number
of Americans - and businesses - that choose not to honor this day...

because he was black... Yeah, politically incorrect to say out loud, but truth is truth and people still don't want to hear - or understand - his message....


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polly_b From: polly_b Date: January 17th, 2012 04:28 am (UTC) (Link)
That is sad. I am lucky that where I live, MLK Day is a big deal. My family went to the annual parade (Tulsa's is one of the biggest and best attended in the nation) and my oldest daughter actually marched in the parade, representing her employer (the Army Corps of Engineers). Almost every large Tulsa area corporation (and many small) participates.

It hasn't always been this way here. I remember many years when I would take my oldest son out of elementary school for the day as a protest because the school system didn't observe the holiday; the parade was brand new and itty bitty. But here we are, 30 years on, and our MLK Day parade has become a wonderful chance to just get out and be people alive together, believing the dream.

( Courtney was thrilled to be there with her co-workers. She says she's dreamed of being in the MLK Day parade and she got to do it this year, so I'm thrilled for her. It's awesome when a loved one achieves a dream *g* )

alyburns From: alyburns Date: January 17th, 2012 06:08 am (UTC) (Link)

Man, that is SO incredibly great to

hear. Gives me hope, which I've been fresh out of lately. We seem to have taken so many steps backward at a time when we should be going forward into a far more enlightened world. :( BUT YAY TULSA!!!
laurie_ky From: laurie_ky Date: January 17th, 2012 04:48 am (UTC) (Link)
We don't get the day off, although I took a sick day, but that was because my husband forgot to tell me he had a dr appt. The schools were closed, though.

alyburns From: alyburns Date: January 17th, 2012 06:06 am (UTC) (Link)

Yeah, my company never included it

in our official 'holidays', but *most* of the schools recognized it and the kids had the day off, so my drivers did too. I remember putting up a bit of a stink about not including it - we already had two less than most businesses - and got shot down rather handily. Gosh, I wonder if the Southern roots of the company's owner had anything to do with the decision. :( Nothing against Southern roots, mind you *G*, just certain ones.
nialla42 From: nialla42 Date: January 17th, 2012 05:44 am (UTC) (Link)
My workplace doesn't close for three federal holidays, and this is one of them. We do get two personal days that can be used instead if we want, but the office still has to remain open.

I'm not quite sure why, but one of the reasons against adopting MLK Day (and this was over a decade ago) was we have two days for Thanksgiving, another two for Christmas, and one for New Year's Day not long before.

They weirdly decided that we needed a "spring holiday" and picked Good Friday, even though that's not a huge religious holiday here and it's a floating holiday too. Always have to look it up so I make sure I get the date right, when the rest I generally know off the top of my head.

I wish they'd just stick to bank/federal holidays to be consistent. No matter what days we close, we'll have people complain. Had tons calling today to see if we were open, and our numbers were at or above a normal day. We get a lot of new faces in on "non-holiday holidays" because there's not a lot else to do, especially if it's a Monday.
alyburns From: alyburns Date: January 24th, 2012 02:52 am (UTC) (Link)

I wish America

would catch up with the rest of the world as far as holidays and vacations are concerned. We have fewer days off than almost any other country. :( Must be why we get so little done. *rolls eyes*
nialla42 From: nialla42 Date: January 24th, 2012 04:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: I wish America

I know from working at a bank for a while that they aim for one holiday a month for some reason that's lost in the recesses of my mind. It's not to give the employees a rest, it had something to do with the auditing system, but I can't recall what.

I wish we'd be consistent with federal holidays and be done with it. But then retail almost never takes a day off. They make a big deal out of sales and such because so many office workers are off work and can spend money.

From what I've been reading, there's been a bit of backlash in Europe about shorter work weeks with the economy in the state it's in. The employees want to keep them, but employers don't like it because they often have to employ more people to cover their hours. It's cheaper to pay one employee to work more hours than pay base pay for multiple employees.

I've watched some news/documentary shows with Europeans who say they don't mind paying more in taxes, because it covers healthcare, retirement, etc. They pay upfront and don't have to worry about going bankrupt because they had health problems, plus they often have more leisure time to just enjoy life.

Meanwhile, we have to work more hours with less benefits, always with the worry we'll lose the job and any benefits. Even with benefits, a medical issue can bankrupt someone. But mention raising taxes here and it's like you just suggesting killing babies, puppies, and kittens.
jx_walker From: jx_walker Date: January 17th, 2012 09:02 am (UTC) (Link)
Yes, it upsets me every year when the banks are closed on Columbus day but opened on Veterans Day. Sigh. Priorities???
alyburns From: alyburns Date: January 18th, 2012 02:19 am (UTC) (Link)

Yeah, exactly!

And considering that there's STILL a controversy on who really did discover America first *G* - the emphasis on Columbus Day over, say, MLK Day, becomes even more ironic.
cross_stitchery From: cross_stitchery Date: January 17th, 2012 06:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
i'm pleased to say that the Los Angeles office of Air New Zealand closes on MLK day
alyburns From: alyburns Date: January 18th, 2012 02:20 am (UTC) (Link)

Now that's really cool

to know! BRAVO!
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