The job hunt continues. It makes me slightly less pleasant than usual. I guess I ought to have warned everyone who has not been through an Edgy job hunt before about that, because it only gets worse.
But I've started broadening the scope of what I'm applying for. Last week, I added State jobs to my list. I'll be honest, part of this is because I like the idea of the 4/10/40 Alternative Work Week. For those not familiar, Gov. Huntsman has put State employees on a four-day work week. The rationale is to save energy and ker-ching ker-ching by closing State offices one day a week. Now, there's a lot of debate about whether or not this will actually save money, but I'm all for giving it a go. Because I'm okay with three-day weekends, personally.
Of course, most people would rather bitch about the inconvenience of it all as opposed to issues that might be of more substantial concern. For example:
Tough-luck FridaysI'm just wondering if the bellyachers like this person also complain about how they can't get their desperately needed food stamps on Saturday. Or Sunday, for that matter. Because, really, what's the difference? Is it my problem if you are utterly incapable of working out your schedule?
Public Forum Letter
While the governor has the opportunity to be home for dinner every night, our children, due to the new four-day workweek for state employees, will be deprived of special health care assistance on Fridays, according to the new list of Friday closings ("Don't Wait Until Friday to...," Tribune, Aug. 4).
Our veterans who gave so much to assure our freedom will have to wait another day for services. During this serious economic time, the department handling financial assistance and Medicaid will be closed for its long three-day weekend. Those who may desperately need assistance will have to wait to apply for food stamps until the office opens the following Monday. I respect the governor's desire to have this dinner hour with his family, but remember, there are those in need out there for whom dinner hours may not even exist.
James F. Oshust
Salt Lake City
Others like to bitch about how inconvenient it is for State employees who will have to leave their children home unattended or in daycare longer. My confusion here, though, is that most of these complaints come from people who also bemoan how the gays are destroying the American family by seeking legal recognition—with its accompanying benefits and responsibilities—for their families. I guess my question here is Shouldn't Mom be home with the children anyway?
My favorite complaint, of course, was the letter (oh, that I had saved it) wherein the writer worried that because of their regular three-day weekends, State employees were going to go inactive from their religious congregations. Do I even need to respond to that? I didn't think so.
Yes, the 4/10/40 is a bit odd and surely has some kinks that we'll need to adjust to, but it might do some good things as well. Personally, I'm for seeing what happens.