Bulletin Board, excerpt

Life as we know it


From (St. Paul Pioneer Press) Bulletin Board

Posted on Mon., Jan. 23, 2006

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Shirts happen



Poet X of PDX: "Having spent most of the past seven years (or is it 10?) in search of a job that doesn't run on government philosophy (the competent need not apply, the intelligent need not apply, experience especially not preferred), I had to laugh when a young woman showed up today. I was sitting with others waiting to be interviewed for various restaurant jobs when a young woman entered, wearing a T-shirt that read: 'I don't suffer from LAZINESS, I enjoy every minute of it.'


"Fortunately (I guess) she was picking up someone else, not applying for a job herself."


BULLETIN BOARD SAYS: Fortunately for you, Poet X. She'd probably have gotten one of those jobs!




Shirts happen (responsorial) (Jan. 25, 2006)


From Jeanne of Lakeville: "Why did you print the letter from Poet X of PDX on Monday that states, in part: 'Having spent most of the past seven years in search of a job that doesn't run on government philosophy (the competent need not apply, the intelligent need not apply, experience especially not preferred)'?


"What an insult to every hard-working government worker. Ninety-nine percent of the people I work with in Dakota County take great pride in their work. They are intelligent, knowledgeable in their field, and motivated to give the best possible value to the tax dollars that our citizens invest in county government.


"This inflammatory article that paints (with a very broad brush) a dishonest description of government employees is unfair. Shame on you."


BULLETIN BOARD SAYS: We printed it because the T-shirt Poet X saw at the job-interview place ("I don't suffer from LAZINESS, I enjoy every minute of it") amused us. We thought it would amuse many readers.


But you're right, Jeanne: We shouldn't have printed the part of Poet X's comment about "government philosophy" not because it's unfair to many, possibly most government employees (even Poet X, we strongly suspect, would concede that it is!), but because we've gone to great lengths, over the years, to stay out of the business of political argumentativeness, of which there is more than plenty elsewhere. This one slipped past us. Sorry.


Let's not argue further about it.