Letters to the Editor

Positive change

December 27, 2007


To the editor:

It seems that Scrooge is lurking in Lawrence. A local business owner has shown a dearth of spirit, Christmas or otherwise, by deciding to "let go" a previously valued employee without explanation or notice. I've been assured that no theft, dishonesty, or other egregious behavior occurred and said employee leaves with an excellent recommendation from management. Co-workers were shocked and dismayed at the news, so teamwork seems not to have been an issue. I can't presume to know your heart, but please know that you tend to get what you give. Happily, the ex-employee in this story is smart with a generous spirit and will be just fine.

Fortunately, another business owner is continuing a campaign she started last year using the pay-it-forward idea. Employees are given a cash bonus to pass along as they see others in need of a little cheer. The company president is quietly creating an ever-widening circle of kindness and positive energy. It may be contagious. An irritated "honker" was harassing the gentleman in front getting his coffee at a Florida drive-through. Rather than become irate in turn, he chose to pay for "honker's" order along with his own. Customers repeated his action throughout the day.

A story in the Saturday Journal-World reports a similar experience at a Washington coffee shop as one act of generosity set up a chain reaction involving more than 1,000 customers, each paying for the one behind.

The times, they seem to be a-changin': let's celebrate!

Lisa Bailey,



imastinker 9 years, 6 months ago

I wonder if the coworker was as spiteful as lisa. She says nothing about work ethic at all, and can't understand why someone would get fired.

midwestchick 9 years, 6 months ago

My mom just lost her job after 18yrs of loyal service to her position, because of an ownership change last year new management took over, at that time she had to start over with all new benefits and vacation guidelines and no sick pay..... she never complained! She is two years from full retirement age and today they came in and told her "she is no longer needed" and her last day is the 31st of yes this month. NICE NOTICE that her whole way of life is changing ( a weekend's notice) What a gem the new owner is.!!!! Her counterpart at another location lost her job, while going through chemo for breast cancer, she was the only bread winner ( her husband had just suffered a heartattack and yes she held the health insurance.) Their residence was part of the job so they were also rendered homeless!!! HOW DO PEOPLE SLEEP AT NIGHT>

midwestchick 9 years, 6 months ago

OH the point was where is tthe do-gooders for these ladies???They are two of the hardest working single moms I have ever met.. Now is their time to enjoy and relax..they have raised their kids ( on very little , I might add) their reward is , they are unemployeed and stressed. Life isn't fair!!!

Christine Pennewell Davis 9 years, 6 months ago

no midwest life is not fair you are right. I am very sorry about your mom and her friend.

Tom McCune 9 years, 6 months ago

If you don't like the risks associated with being an at-will employee, start your own business and see if you prefer the risks associated with being an entrepreneur. Many people find they prefer it.

Life isn't fair and there are no guarantees of anything. It's about risk management and playing the odds.

ljwreader1 9 years, 5 months ago

Please tell the names of these local businesses that treat employees badly. Then potential customers can do business somewhere else and people will not work at these places. Thanks.

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