On Some question school workers' benefits
After 21 years of hard work in the private sector, I would qualify for similar benefits as the year-round employees mentioned at the beginning of this article, but the odds that I would use all of those benefits in one year are, thankfully, very remote. The bananas would really have to hit the fan for that to happen..If you call in sick when you're perfectly healthy, or take time off for the passing of your dear 'Aunt Gertie', who passed away twice last year and once the year before, then I don't think you should qualify for one red cent, no matter who your employer is. If people are being honest about their obligations, then I have no problem with my tax dollars being used for the occasional sick day, jury summons, funeral, etc.
On Dress code for Janesville school employees proposed
I think a business casual dress code is very appropriate for our schools. That's how all of the JSD teachers I've interacted with over the years dressed before this official dress code was even proposed. .I fully support the concept of making business casual the official dress code but it seems silly to think that any organization (school district, private business, or otherwise) would really need three pages of explicit instructions to define 'business casual'. I haven't read the proposed dress code but, judging by the way other posters have described it, it sure does sound like overkill. The average adult will understand a clear and concise set of guidelines perfectly fine.
On TimeBank starting in Rock County
If there's a doctor out there who happens to hate painting, he or she might be fine with the idea that they can trade an hour or two of their time for a fresh coat of paint in the kitchen. If they see value in the deal, what's the harm, right? .If I donate an hour of my time fixing computers for a nonprofit org, they might not have any services to offer me in return, but I could use my banked time to 'buy' a service from someone else. If there are no services that I'm interested in right now, then I just spent an hour or two helping someone who needed it and that's not all bad.
On Expert offers tips to help lawns, plants during drought
My lawn is the same shade of greenish-tan as every other property on the block and that's fine by me. My veggie garden gets watered often, but since I can't eat the lawn, it'll just have to wait for a good rainfall.
On Is plan for UW “flexible degrees” a good one?
I am on the fence about this. In college, I learned a lot of really valuable things that weren't explicitly listed on the class syllabus. I had an opportunity to work on projects that wouldn't necessarily have been trusted to someone with my level of experience or education in the traditional workplace. I don't think I would be where I am right now without some of that classroom experience..However, just because I may not have had the opportunity to learn these things in the 'real world' does not mean that it is impossible to do so. I have learned much more in-depth information about my specific field outside of the classroom. The functional knowledge I have gained in the workplace is invaluable. .If they can come up with adequate tests to show that someone has learned as much, or more, of these diverse skills outside of the traditional classroom, then I'm sure the program will be a smashing success. I suspect that will be much harder than it sounds though.
On You want to work here? Hand over your FB password
I would have no problem with a potential employer viewing my Facebook page...nothing to be ashamed of there. I would, however, have a big problem with a potential employer expecting me to hand over my passwords. That's simply not going to happen.
On How's your economy?
My economic situation is not quite where I wanted it to be, but overall my life is great. We've hit quite a few financial bumps in the road since about 2008 but we reassessed our priorities, adjusted our budget, and made it work. We should be able to loosen the purse strings a little by the end of this year but I think we'll continue to work hard and spend smarter anyway. Whether our budget loosens up or not, life is good so I can't really complain.
On Darting to work: Wisconsin workers could fill Belvidere jobs
My husband commutes about 40 miles (one way) for slightly less than $15/hr. The commute isn't ideal, but neither is unemployment. He's getting a paycheck and the opportunity to learn some new skills...for him, it's worth it.
On Could you eat well enough on food stamps?
Yes, I can feed myself on $31.50 a week if I supplement my grocery store purchases with veggies from my garden. I don't think my diet would be particularly interesting or varied, but I wouldn't starve. I'd have to focus on quantity rather than quality (to ensure I have enough food to make it to the end of the week) and stick to the basics...no extras like chips, soda, etc. I'd have to be very careful with my budget, use coupons, and never splurge, but I could do it. I wouldn't want to do it for longer than I absolutely had to though.
On Some answers about that leaf pick-up
"historically it has been easier for residents to become accustomed to a certain day during the collection".Interesting point. My neighborhood is accustomed to the leaf pick-up crews buzzing through our neighborhood, collecting next to nothing because the trees won't shed their leaves for another week, and then hauling truckloads of leaves to the compost site on our own. I'm sure this service is included in our tax bill somewhere...so I guess you could say we're also accustomed to paying the city for the privilege of hauling our own leaves to the compost site every year.
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