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Tip Server Time-And-A-Half On President’s Day–William Howard Taft Might, Or Might Not, Thank You For it

On President’s Day, and on all holidays, should you eat out in Houston, in Lubbock or anywhere at all, you should tip your server at least time-and-a-half. The same goes for tipping cab drivers and anybody else who is normally tipped. 

You should pay others what you would like to earn on a holiday. It’s only fair. Time-and-a-half is what people deserve on any and all holidays.  

I share a birthday with President William Howard Taft. I also attended the same high school as Taft. Taft was not a Progressive in the mold of Teddy Roosevelt. Though nor was he as bad as Calvin Coolidge or Herbert Hoover.  

On President’s Day I’m going to follow a clear course. No Taft-like mixed messages. I’m going to tip my fellow working Americans a nice big holiday tip.     

February 14, 2007 Posted by | Tip Your Waiter Time-And-A-Half On Holidays | 4 Comments

Houston Councilwoman Sue Lovell Thinks Dead City Worker Jerry Hines Deserved Low Pay

Houston City Councilwoman Sue Lovell, a so-called Democrat, seems to be of the view that dead Houston city worker Jerry Hines Jr., deserved low pay.

Mr. Hines was killed on January 17, 2007, while helping a motorist during bad weather. 

The Houston Chronicle reported that Mr. Hines made only $17,000 a year. That comes out to $8.17 an hour.  I wrote a letter to my Houston City Councilmembers asking if they thought $17,000 a year was adequate pay for city employees.

Here is the response I got from Ms. Lovell’s office—  Mr. Aquino—The council member wants to let you know that a lot of new hires start in entry level positions depending on their qualifications and work experience and then apply for other positions within the city once an opportunity becomes available. It is unfortunate that Mr. Hines was unable to take advantage of the many opportunities the city has to offer. I hope this helps you better understand this situation. Thank you for bring your concern to this office.

My take on this response is that Ms. Lovell believes that Mr. Hines was earning all the money he deserved. It also seems to be the case that Ms. Lovell thinks it is okay for entry-level city workers to receive low pay.

I voted for Ms. Lovell once. I won’t make that mistake again. 

February 14, 2007 Posted by | Houston, Politics | 9 Comments