Ducks in order

One reason I like to know objectives for meetings, purposes of products and services, or values of a group engaging in some endeavor is so I can assess for myself how we are doing. Are we headed toward the solution to a problem? Will this gizmo make the work easier or my life better? What’s…

We cannot hold you

As the many facets of the public health emergency in Flint, Michigan, continue to come to light, they reflect poorly on Governor Snyder and the increasingly common practice of government take-overs of municipalities, school districts, and other locally controlled functions from police departments to utilities. In the case of Governor Snyder, his reprehensible disregard for…

Job creators, my ass

I know what it is to build a company. I have done it a couple of times. In the early 1980’s, I had a small start-up fine and decorative arts auction house with four full-time and a half-dozen part-time employees. We brokered some direct sales for clients who no longer wanted a painting or other…

Minimum wage jobs

Recently I approached a checkout lane in a local grocery store when I overheard the clerk and a sacker having this exchange: “You’re still making $9.25? You’re kidding! Why would I stay here as long as you have and hope for checker job, when that’s all you make?” These two guys, likely about 21 (clerk)…