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Thoughts on gun violence and Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg

Holiday season is upon us and we are dealing with shootings in California, a Presidential race that is a year away and folks being upset that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is giving away all of his fortune. My thoughts.

1. If you really think that everyone having a gun is the answer to nuts killing people, I’m concerned about you. I have a license to carry a concealed handgun. I don’t think it was that difficult to obtain the license and I seriously doubt whether the State has any idea of my mental competence or what I may be capable of doing if I snap. I enjoy the right to have guns in a country where guns are lawfully owned. I’ve told my kids I believe the next civil war in our country will be fought over the right to bear arms. A lot of amazing people will continue to lose their lives until we figure out some way to help people that are sick or have so much hatred they want to kill others including friends, family and co-workers.

2. Social media has totally changed the way we receive information of mass shootings. Avery showed me a Snapchat slide show today that was made within minutes of the shooting. It already basically showed everything you need to know about what happened – not why, but facts of what was taking place. Incredible. When I was a kid the worst news was the nightly 10 p.m. Vietnam report of the number of soldiers killed or harmed in action. My folks could control my news source by turning off the television. Parents can’t do that today.

3. Have we become socially numb to the killings? How many people will have to die before some real action is taken. I hate to say it but it seems as though 10, 20, 30 dead is not enough. Until we see thousands die in a single event it appears we will standby without taking action (although I readily admit what action it is, I don’t know).

4. Instead of talking about how to make our communities great, I hear how amazing the country will be without President Obama. I understand not being excited about this President, but how can simply changing the person in office make a change locally for us without “us” taking some uniform action to make it happen. We’re going to have to start breaking down our own barriers and working our tushies off to make things great for everyone.

5. If Mark Zuckerberg wants to give away his $50,000,000,000, who has the right to criticize? Saying his intentions are not sincere, the company he created is not a non-profit, etc. … Well Mr. Zuckerburg, if you can read my blog, you are welcome to come help us run our business anytime without criticism. I think what you and your wife are doing is amazing.

This might be considered a rant. Sorry if it sounds that way.

Where does the time go?

Where does the time go? I was skipping through my 700 channels on the television last night (and couldn’t find anything), but I did notice that the Christmas movies have already started. Really? I’m not ready for 2014 — I mean 2015 — to be over. If someone had really explained to me how fast the time begins to go by when you get older, I would have done a few things differently.

1. I would not have wasted so much time worrying about things that are not relevant. My family – relevant. My work – relevant but not the number one, two or three priority. My health – more relevant than work and pretty close to family. My faith – relevant. What people think about me – Not Relevant…..

2. I would travel more often and on a moment’s notice. Not necessarily trips around the globe. I’d have enjoyed more weekend getaways and experienced more small town jamborees.

3. I would have continued running. It would have tied in with traveling. Want to go somewhere, sign up for a run and be part of the community for a weekend.

4. I would read more about everything. You name it, I would read about it. Especially history, military history and biographies. People are amazing and who we are, where we came from is fascinating.

5. I would get up and walk away from negative people, thoughts or ideas. Don’t need it. Nothing beneficial to me has ever come from a negative idea.

2016 is almost here. Time to start making better use of Time….

Court decision could make workplace safer

shutterstock_285585374What do we care about a hostile work environment court ruling in Ohio? If you have been the victim of sexual harassment or a hostile work environment and told by someone that you can’t do anything because the company did not have notice prior notice, this ruling might open the door for change.

The ruling in Ault vs. Oberlin College stands for the proposition that an employee who was sexually grabbed from behind has the right to sue the company for creating a hostile work environment.

These types of cases were routinely dismissed in the past. Courts have long held that you must have more than one bad act in order to proceed with a claim.

How will this ruling affect employers and employees going forward?

  1. Employers must do a better job of training to explain inappropriate sexual advances in the work place.
  2. An employee with just one incident may have the right to make a claim against their employer.
  3. A hostile work environment may result from one incident instead of multiple incidents of harassment.
  4. Employers should not discount or sweep allegations of inappropriate conduct under the rug.
  5. Employers will need to have a policy in place to define the necessity for investigations when allegations of a hostile work environment arise.

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