Monthly Archives: June 2014

A Right to Be Protected from Guns – Washington Post Letter

We all talk about protecting our youth from guns and that we should be protected from people who carry guns. We tend to forget where most of these guns that our youth are getting are from the homes they reside in or stolen from other households where they were not secured. It is not a gun issue it is a stupid people issue and/or poor parenting, or just plain stupidity in keeping your children and household safe.

What we fail to realize that even if we make guns illegal the fact remains they are still here and will ALWAYS be here and in the hands of people who will CONTINUE to use them for ill deeds.

The fact remains as well that what is written in our Constitution will remain so until an Amendment can be passed which involves Congress, who represent the people. I have also read that we are faulting our President on this but in actuality – the President does not have a constitutional role in the amendment process, the joint resolution does not go to the White House for signature or approval.

In short if you are worried about your youth, educate your youth regarding the concept of a gun, the new touch policy of a gun just like we would teach our youth not to touch or pick up a drug needle on the ground.

Education and wisdom first then a law change perhaps will prevail.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/what-about-a-right-to-be-protected-from-lawless-gunslingers/2014/06/19/4b4e4152-f656-11e3-afdf-f7ffea8c744a_story.html

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USPS

So I was asked to place arrows pointing to the slot where the intake mail is to go, so that our trainer postal carriers understand that the mail is to go into the slot (referenced above the arrow) and not in the outtake section inside the door. This is a regulation locking USPS mailbox. Key provided to the Post Office. I was told that the trainer postal carriers are not familiar with such mailboxes and therefore the arrow should help them out. One would think that this sort of training is provided when they are taught how to drop off mail or that perhaps common sense would dictate that if a box is showing as a locked device that perhaps the mail should BEST be put INSIDE the locked portion of that box and not external to the locked portion of the mailbox. I offered to be an employee with the USPS since it appears that this basic common sense is not currently a hiring requirement and since I possess this basic skill set, I would be a great asset to the USPS but was told “to not go there.”

I have made three official claims with the USPS investigations on this and of course nothing gets resolved other than I am told that the local Postmaster will be advised. When I last spoke with the manager at the local post office (Georgesville Rd) this was his solution and that I should be understanding that they just may not know that mail should be deposited into the locking portion of the box.

Rates continue to go up with the USPS and customer service with them continues to deteriorate. As long as the USPS will be run with a government mind set instead of operating like a profitable business, we consumers will continue to receive poor service, poor customer service, and continue with decreased services such as potentially having Saturday service stop.

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The right to bear bombs

I recently came across this FaceBook, 06/07/14, post and had to report and comment the following:

A gun is geared to protecting oneself or family because of threat which may or may not involve injury or death. A bomb’s intent is to cause deliberate injury or death for the sole purpose of promoting threat. Both of course involve people, so really ANY tool does not kill people, people kill people. People make choices to kill people and therefore their CHOICE of tool is irrelevant. Remove one tool and another one will take its place. In closing I have yet to read that the Second Amendment (Amendment II) to the United States Constitution protects the right of individuals to “bear bombs”.

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Things Employers Look For in an Interview

3 Things Employers Look For in an Interview

By Steve Pollock, WetFeet

It’s all too easy to look at a job interview as an adversarial situation. The interviewer is interrogating you. She’s posing brainteasers and “gotcha” questions. But as tense as the situation might seem, just realize she has one goal in mind:

Identifying a plausible candidate and hiring that person. She’s seeking someone with a demonstrable capacity for delivering results.

So, give employers what they want and be the candidate they’re looking for. Prepare to shine. Know your strengths and highlight them. Make sure the personal strengths you plan to emphasize in your interview match the demands of the position. On the big day, present yourself as a candidate with the right skills and temperament for the job. Your confidence, enthusiasm, knowledge, and understanding should confirm what your interviewer is already predisposed to believe: that bringing you in for an interview is a wise move and that hiring you is even wiser.

When interviewing, hiring managers are hoping to explore some basic areas:

Do we want to work with you?

You might enter an interview prepared to recite a litany of skills and work experience, but interviewers aren’t looking for a walking, talking resume. They’re already intrigued by your skills–that’s why they’re interviewing you in the first place. The reason they need to meet with you in person is to gauge your personal qualities, to see if you’ll be an asset to the workplace. Intangible attributes–resourcefulness, initiative, creativity, adaptability, drive, and integrity–will set you apart from other qualified candidates.

Will you mesh with the team?

The corporate workplace is increasingly a team-driven environment. Because of this, organizations are especially eager to hire people whom they think will fit within a team. This might mean a tough adjustment for academic high achievers who are used to working on their own. But as much as interviewers might be gauging your individual strengths, they are also evaluating your ability to be a team player.

What’s your EQ?

Interviewers are probably less interested in your IQ than your EQ–your emotional intelligence. You can have a high IQ and still lack common sense and empathy. Employers are learning that intelligence isn’t always the most desired attribute for prospective employees, especially when it comes at the expense of good sense–after all, perfectly smart people were responsible for the downfall of Lehman Brothers. Although you’ll want to impress your prospective employer with your smarts, you also must convey you are a thoughtful, collegial coworker with a sense of personal responsibility.

Steve Pollock, Co-founder of WetFeet, a career site that provides profiles of companies, careers, and industries to help job seekers find the right career, industry, company, and job for them. They also offer articles about trends, markets, major players, and jobs in leading industries.