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Please Tip Time-And-A-Half On Labor Day—We Should Respect Our Fellow Working People

Labor Day is Monday, September 7. Here is a Texas Liberal post on the history of Labor Day with links to other facts about Labor Day.

Please remember that someone working on Labor Day is working a holiday. If you make use of the services of a waiter or a cab driver or anyone how normally gets a tip, please consider a tip at a time-and-a-half rate from what you would normally offer. If you normally tip 20%, tip 30% for the holiday.

People who work a holiday should get paid time-and-a-half. This is the rate of pay you would expect for working a holiday. If you are not paid that rate, please do not take out your frustration with this fact on a fellow working person.

Please treat working people with respect. Please do so all the time, but please be certain to do so on Labor Day and over Labor Day weekend.  How we treat other working people is a measure of the extent to which we respect ourselves.

September 4, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Check Out Houston Council Candidate Karen Derr’s Classy Campaign Sign Locations

Houston at-large position #1 City Council candidate Karen Derr is running a classy campaign. Ms. Derr, a Democrat and a realtor, has campaign signs in all the best locations. 

A recent drive on Harrisburg Blvd. in Houston showed the handywork of the Derr effort. See below how the Derr campaign projects itself to the public. (Please note the Pam Holm sign on the middle picture. More on Ms. Holm’s sign campaign to come.)

(Here is a previous post I wrote about another Derr sign at a vacant lot.)

The first picture is at the 3800 block of Harrisburg near the intersection of Harrisburg and Drennan St. The second location is at the 4400 block of Harrisburg across the street from the intersection of Harrisburg and Super St. The final sign location is at the intersection of the 6100 block of Harrisburg and Caylor St.  

Now, of course, I know Ms. Derr had the permission of the property owners at these sites to place these signs.  

You’ll notice in the pictures that the signs say Ms. Derr is running for the District H council seat. Ms. Derr had intended to run in the District H special election earlier this year, but she missed the filing deadline. So these signs in the vacant lots and at the abandoned building are signs for a race Ms. Derr never ran and not for the race she is currently running.

I was actively involved in electoral politics in Cincinnati, Ohio during much of the 1990’s. I worked for a member of the Cincinnati City Council.  I had the assignment over a number of campaigns to place yard signs all over Cincinnati. Not once did I place a sign at a vacant lot or on an abandoned building. 

How does the placement of these signs show any level of respect by Ms. Derr for the people she is hoping to represent at Houston City Hall? One would hope for more from a Democrat.    


September 4, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 2 Comments