Money problems.

From the Fort comes word my alma mater just instituted a six percent pay cut, as well as a sharp reduction in 401K matches. I don’t know any more than that — this information was gleaned through instant message — but if true, they got off easy. Alan quipped, “So, they give back three years of raises,” a comment on the miserly wages paid there, but we’ve been gone five years, and I’d place a fair-size bet that meets-standards raises haven’t even seen two percent over the last few years. Coupled with the usual sharp increases in health-care cost sharing, it’s perfectly reasonable to assume that a person who hasn’t been promoted in the last few years has been going backward for some time now. This is just an acceleration. Well, as we always told the job applicants: The cost of living is so low! And many of the groceries will triple your coupons!

What’s more interesting to me is the 401K match. We know we’re responsible for our own retirement, that we must save throughout our careers to avoid eating Cat Food Surprise in our golden years. Fortunately, tax policy favored the 401K, and our employers sweetened the deal by tossing in a modest match. I’ve heard tell of media companies that matched 100 percent of your 401K contribution, but I never worked for one. The best I ever got was 50 percent if you saved six percent, and nothing after that — three percent, basically.

At a small paper in the Knight Ridder chain, people moved through pretty quickly, and it was interesting to hear how the policies varied from paper to paper. I was amazed to hear that at some places, the 401K match was made in company stock, no exceptions. Given that you can’t spend your 401K before retirement without paying a stiff penalty, and given that the company’s stock is now worthless, I wonder how the people who were stuck with that deal are faring, particularly considering the rest of the package is worth a lot less, too.

Considering how much crap you take doing the work of journalism — I’ve been called everything from a bleeding cunt to a fucking jackal — you’d hope the compensation package would at least ease some of the pain, the way it does in, oh, the legal profession. You would be wrong. Any half-bright bartender or waitress can out-earn a college-educated reporter in many media markets.

So, anyway, my sympathies to my former colleagues. Here’s hoping the cuts are at least across-the-board, but it wouldn’t surprise me if they weren’t. You have to pay for the talent at the top, after all.

So. The Detroit newspapers got another data dump from the Kwame Kilpatrick text-message archives, and it’s the same old story, underlined: Heedless, immature, power-drunk young politician sees world as his oyster, acts accordingly. He is enabled by everyone he comes in contact with, including his mother, who helpfully reminds him YOU ARE CHOSEN, all-caps, and I don’t think she was using “chosen” as a synonym for “elected.” His wife was no shrinking violet, either:

Part of that alleged sense of entitlement was revealed when first lady Carlita Kilpatrick complained she wasn’t getting a city-leased Lincoln Navigator fast enough. “Any word on my Navigator?” she asked in a June 12, 2002, text message. The city’s leasing of a Lincoln Navigator for Kilpatrick’s wife became a major controversy. By Sept. 18, 2002, the mayor’s wife still hadn’t gotten the Navigator, and asked “Can I get my truck before the 2004s (models) are out?”

Well, I guess they all learned their lesson. Screw up, cost the city millions, do a little jail time (which serves as a weight-loss program) and then graduate to a fine, six-figure job with a staunch local supporter (in a Sun Belt city, so you can get that fresh-start thing working). I have a new ambition in life: To screw up like Kwame. Maybe I’d enjoy a warmer climate.

Rhinoviruses continue to lay me low. It’s concentrated between my chin and clavicle, so I spend my days rasping, croaking and, of course, complaining. However, I still have work to do, so any bloggage today will have to come from you.

Posted at 8:33 am in Detroit life, Media |
 

50 responses to “Money problems.”

  1. Randy said on March 10, 2009 at 8:50 am

    Quite unusually, a major media conglomerate is based here in Winnipeg, Canwest Global. They own most of what were the profitable papers in Canada, and a tv network and many specialty channels. The whole enterprise began as a little independent tv station started in the mid-seventies by Izzy Asper. He passed away shortly after completing his life goal – to have the biggest fattest media company in the country. He did this by purchasing a whack of papers from Conrad Black, a deal that led to Black’s downfall if I’m not mistaken.

    Canwest was leveraged to the hilt, and Izzy had just passed the reins to his 36-year-old son Leonard. Leonard complained that dad had saddled him with unmanageable debt, and Izzy said “I never asked you to take over the company, but since you did, now it’s your problem” or words to that effect. This was in 2000, so it was assumed that debt would be easy to overcome. Even when times were good, the company was always struggling tio get out from under. Now with ad revenues drying up, it’s gasping for oxygen.

    It dodged bankruptcy last week, but it seems to be only a matter of time now. There’s quite a few thousand jobs on the line.

  2. Jen said on March 10, 2009 at 8:52 am

    Preach it! Journalism is a tough job with lousy hours, and the pay is laughable. Sometimes I think about how much more I could make doing almost anything else, and it would be a heck of a lot easier. Every so often, my brain screams, “GET OUT!” And yet, I just keep doing it. At least we haven’t had a pay cut (yet!), but I was SO looking forward to my 2.5 percent raise this year (I would have been up to $10 an hour after two years of working here!). Alas, they froze wages a couple of weeks before my anniversary date. I guess I’ll just count my blessing that I still have a job and our company looks like it is going to stay afloat.

  3. MichaelG said on March 10, 2009 at 9:08 am

    On a whim, after reading Randy’s comment, I looked up Winnipeg on the Weather Channel. My God! And I was whining about the cold this AM because the morning temps are ten degrees below average here in Sacto.

    http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/CAXX0547?lswe=Winnipeg,%20CANADA&lwsa=WeatherLocalUndeclared&from=searchbox_typeahead

  4. del said on March 10, 2009 at 9:33 am

    Good lord Randy! Winnipeg. Brrrr.

    My bet on Kwame Kilpatrick is that he moved to Texas to support his venue choice in his $100M soon to be filed case against the paging company, Skytel.

  5. moe99 said on March 10, 2009 at 9:39 am

    As an attorney in state government who has yet to earn what starting attorneys 30 years my junior in private practice make in my home town of Seattle, I take some exception to the exception made for attorneys above. We have yet to hear how the state budget will affect our personal bottom lines, but the fear is palpable at my office.

  6. brian stouder said on March 10, 2009 at 10:03 am

    Well, and just to voice a pet-peeve of mine about percentages; cuts are always larger than increases.

    If a person makes $30,000, for example, and gets a 6% raise, her increased salary equals $31,800; if she then takes a 6% cut, her reduced salary equals $29,892…just sayin’

    Here’s hoping that the Proprietress of this place gets to feeling better; in the meantime, I’m not eating the peanuts

    (despite that I just read last Sunday that one of my favorite places to go to lunch has the WORST health inspection record in the county! Instead of calling it The Great Wall, maybe it should be The Bathroom Wall, or the Great and Wretched Wall, or…eh – nevermind)

  7. del said on March 10, 2009 at 10:05 am

    moe99, me too. Of course I’m a sole practitioner who spends an inordinate amount of time on NN.c, so even more so for me.

    I “fund” my entire retirement. To me it seems like there are 2 Americas — those who work for large corporations or government or union members, and the rest of us. But don’t worry about me. I’ll be fine if I can work until I’m 114.

  8. Jolene said on March 10, 2009 at 10:07 am

    There’s a blizzard in the Midwest. Hence the high winds and low temps. Also affecting ND and MN. Snowed further west too, I gather. Just saw the inevitable pics of someone in Utah shoveling.

  9. nancy said on March 10, 2009 at 10:11 am

    True, lawyers in the public sector don’t earn like ones in private practice, but it’s much more a choice you make, whereas journalism salaries, with the exception of a handful at the tippy-top, are pretty lousy all the way around.

    Del, I’ll see you at the coffee machine when we’re both 90.

  10. LA Mary said on March 10, 2009 at 10:28 am

    Save some room for me at the coffee machine. I’ll be 96.

  11. jeff borden said on March 10, 2009 at 10:29 am

    Here in Chicago, we are expecting heavy rains and violent thunderstorms in a day that likely will tickle 60 degrees. This evening, the storm that must be blasting the western Midwest states is slated to come in here on a howling wind that will send the temps to the low 20s tonight, guaranteeing a nice, icy, miserable commute Wednesday.

    Luckily, I’ll be riding the L.

  12. Sue said on March 10, 2009 at 10:44 am

    Wind advisory for SE WI tonight, from 10p to 9a tomorrow, sustained 35 mph with gusts to 50. Below-average temps, of course. I’m assuming it’s heading Nancy’s way. And I’m hoping to drop my second job in five years, that’s my goal. After that I’ll begin to consider how far past retirement age I’ll be working. These things must be planned in stages, just a coping mechanism.

  13. brian stouder said on March 10, 2009 at 10:53 am

    Sunday, the skies darkened and darkened and darkened…and then the wind came up in gales, and then hard-blown rain mixed with hail (sounding like a million spilled beebees on a cement floor) greeted us; but what scared the young folks and got Pam’s and my attention was the tornado/air raid siren that I hadn’t heard before, wailing in the maelstrom.

    The satellite went out – and even living in the shadow of channel 15’s tower, they were ‘freeze framing’ on their over-the-air digital system.

    We kept a weather-eye to the west – and within 5 minutes the fast-moving storm had blown right through the county and was gone. The sun came out and we had a big rainbow in the east…..but not before Shelby and I discussed heading for the tub in the bathroom if we had to do a “full Dorothy Gale”

  14. Catherine said on March 10, 2009 at 11:04 am

    I’ll be working till I’m dead, so in the meantime, please save a cup for me.

    And, the best match I ever got was from my last corporate job, and it was 50% up to 4%, in company stock only. Now, it’s whatever loose change is between the sofa cushions, dribbled into an IRA.

  15. Connie said on March 10, 2009 at 11:07 am

    Brian, you weren’t that far from one of the tornadoes that occurred in Indiana.

    Here in north central Indiana it is flood time. Every day on the way to work I drive by a subdivision with expensive homes on the Elkhart River, and once again their yards are under water and their basements are about to flood.

    I am one of those public employees with a defined benefit plan. Just hit 23 years in it, my goal is 30, but once my kid is done with college who knows.

    Nancy, I seem to remember that the original plan was to all smoke week together on the nursing home porch. (From a long ago comments discussion.) Now it’s just the coffee machine, because that’s all we can afford.???

    Nancy, your blogging software forgot to set the clocks forward on Sunday.

  16. nancy said on March 10, 2009 at 11:08 am

    I was told the Washington Post Co. matched 100 percent up to six percent, something I learned from reading a Jane Bryant Quinn column. My guess is that is no longer the case. Good times, good times.

    Smoking weed together at the nursing home? That sounds like heaven, as long as Domino’s will still deliver.

  17. beb said on March 10, 2009 at 11:18 am

    It’s nice to know that old men aren’t the only ones who get cranky.
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090309/ap_on_sc/eu_sci_sweden_angry_chimp

    Briefly, this 31 year old chimpanses collected a stockpile of rocks, even breaking up parts of the cement in his exhibit for ammo, before hurtling them at the sightseers on the far side of his exhibt’s moot. Fortunately his aim was poor so no one was hurt but scientists are amazed that he did human level things like planning, foresight, improvising, etc. All of which suggests that we need to re-evaluate our views of primates as “animales” since they tend to show a lot of human cognation.

    The mayor of Detroit wants a 10% pay cut from city workers. Since workers do not get cost of living adjustments, pay higher health expenses each year and for decades have received largely 0% increases, I don’t think the mayor’s plan is going to fly.

    People wondering why Carlita Kilpatrick stayed with her whoring husband need only look at her demans for that Navigator to see why. As the Mayor’s wife the City was her piggy bank. Even now it looks as if Kwame’s ability to find money is greater than any oof her own job skills.

  18. Rana said on March 10, 2009 at 11:41 am

    I hope you feel better soon!

    If it weren’t for the yearly “reduce your taxes by putting this money into your IRA” benefit, my saving for retirement (hopefully a long way away) would be a far less likely occurrence. (I haven’t had anyone to match my funds in a very long time.)

  19. Gasman said on March 10, 2009 at 11:45 am

    Off thread bit in yesterday’s news.

    We have the smoking gun that indicates the Republicans in congress don’t give a damn about our economy or about us. What they care about is trying to ensure that the Republican brand defeats the Democratic brand come mid term elections in 2010. Screw the economy. We’re on our own. They have never had any intention to help President Obama actually fix anything at all. It’s all been a ruse.

    Republican Congressman Patrick McHenry of North Carolina has admitted:

    “We will lose on legislation. But we will win the message war every day, and every week, until November 2010,” said Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., an outspoken conservative who has participated on the GOP message teams. “Our goal is to bring down approval numbers for [Speaker Nancy] Pelosi and for House Democrats. That will take repetition. This is a marathon, not a sprint.”

    http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/2009/03/the_gop_plan_for_the_economy_gop.php

    So, Limbaugh’s “I want Obama to fail” message is indeed the message of the Republican Party, no matter what all the Rs maintain. Their aim is to do everything possible to scuttle our national ship with the hope that we’ll then promote them and make them all captains? Why? Aside from the strategy detailed above, what the hell have these neo-Hooverites done, aside from largely causing the problems in the first place?

    Olbermann aired what might be one of the most concise explanations of the arcana which led to our economic crisis. He quotes from the Wall Street Watch Project:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z5j4wWrRkK0

    To be sure, the Ds bear a share of the blame, but by far it was of mostly Republican authorship.

    The Rs appear to be unwilling to clean up their own steaming piles of elephant dung. This is going to improve their numbers with the electorate how? Why should they be regarded as anything other than the treasonous, infuriating little piss-weasels that they are?

  20. Peter said on March 10, 2009 at 11:51 am

    Del, you’re working to 114? and L.A. Mary, you’re stopping at 96? Must be nice to be rich.

    Jen, I thought that architecture was the lowest paying profession, but you trumped what they hand out for entry level salaries around here, if that’s any consolation.

    Now if you don’t mind, it’s time for me to assume my daily fetal position.

  21. Danny said on March 10, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    We have the smoking gun that indicates the Republicans in congress don’t give a damn about our economy or about us. What they care about is trying to ensure that the Republican brand defeats the Democratic brand come mid term elections in 2010. Screw the economy. We’re on our own. They have never had any intention to help President Obama actually fix anything at all. It’s all been a ruse.

    I’m not going to belabor this point, but when George Bush was in office, you could have said the same…exact..thing about the Democrats. That’s just how it is these days. It sucks, but it’s true.

    Both parties are very invested in the failure of things when the other party is in power.

    Smoking weed together at the nursing home? That sounds like heaven, as long as Domino’s will still deliver.

    Nance, sounds like college.

  22. Sue said on March 10, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    Considering we can’t get along even when we’re separated by bunches of states, how is this nursing home thing going to work? Will there be a moderation room we get sent to? And unless it’s the Nancy Nall Nursing Home, who gets to decide who has to spend time in the moderation room? And can I just have a margarita instead?

  23. Danny said on March 10, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    Is the “moderation room” a euphemism for Carousel like in Logan’s Run. ‘Cuz if it is, I do not want to go there.

  24. adrianne said on March 10, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    As a fan of the “Planet of the Apes” movies (as Nance can attest), I loved the story about the Stockholm chimp who amassed the stockpile of rocks and then lay siege to zookeepers. Gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “Stockholm syndrome.”

  25. John said on March 10, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    I would dare say, if it like the Carousel room, then except for Jen, I think we’d all be long gone!

  26. Jolene said on March 10, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    It kind of gives me the creeps now to hear anything at all about chimps, especially anything having to do with them interacting with or even being near humans. Irrational, I know.

  27. Danny said on March 10, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    Jolene, I think with chimps, you just have to face your fears.

    I know, I know. Bad joke, poor taste, but a joke nevertheless.

    John, I’d be a runner!

  28. brian stouder said on March 10, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    Maybe when we’re all octogenarians, there will be a Get Smart-like ‘Cone of Silence’, that Nance can consign one or another of us to, when we get too full of vinegar at the old folks’ home.

    but when George Bush was in office, you could have said the same…exact..thing about the Democrats

    Hmmmm…I missed the time the Democratic congressional contingent voted AS ONE, UNANIMOUSLY, and WITHOUT EXCEPTION, against President Bush’s authorization for war. Despite lots of misgivings, many (including leaders such as HRC and Kerry) gave their president the benefit of their doubts.

    Now you could say – “A fat lot of good THAT did ‘em” – and you’d be right; but that doesn’t advance your original argument

  29. judybusy said on March 10, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    Sue, we’ll all be under the influence and therefore, hopefully mellow. I’m with you on the margarita instead of weed. Sangria will also do nicely. Now, of course, if any mean drunks are at the NNNH, things could get interesting. I just get sleepy, so I’m safe!

  30. Catherine said on March 10, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    Brian, I need that Cone of Silence now. Can they be retrofitted onto a Honda Odyssey?

    Re the chimps, we just read “Beautiful Minds: The Parallel Lives of Great Apes and Dolphins,” which makes a really interesting case for the intelligence of both, based on their social interaction and complex communication. If the dolphins and the great apes ever get together to overthrow the humans… look out. Planet of the Cetaceans?

  31. brian stouder said on March 10, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    Catherine – I think so! (and with head-up-display internet access, no doubt)

    Say -one little ray of sunshine, thanks to President Obama (et al): this Friday the 13th, all of us lucky enough to be on a regular payroll will see an increase in net-dollars, thanks to a reduction in witholdings.

    If it’s $10, then it sounds good to me, baby! (and if it’s more, then so much the better) – and we will surely spend it, which will stimulate bookstores and movie houses and groceries, etc etc

  32. Gasman said on March 10, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    Danny,
    Your retort “well they did it too!” just does not hold water. As Brian pointed out, there has never been a time when Democrats were coordinated enough to vote en-masse when they were out of power. They were never able to seriously thwart the Republicans in anything from 2001-2007. It simply did not happen. The Ds are simply not that organized as a party.

    There also is no documentary evidence of this as a calculated strategy by the Democratic Party. I cited the evidence of such coordinated obstructionism by the Republicans. As a matter of fact, Rep. McHenry stands by his statement. He thinks this good policy, if not for the country, then at least for his party. If you have any such evidence of the Ds engaging in such collusion, by all means feel free to enlighten me with it.

    The handwringing over “everybody does it” is a lame but familiar strategy that the Republicans trot out every single time there are complaints about partisanship. It is utter crap. The Republican Party has mastered the art of partisanship since at least the days of Reagan. They got even better under Gingrich to the point that during the Bush years there was not even any real pretense of bipartisanship, just cudgel rule. I’d be happen to cite chapter and verse regarding specific egregious R partisanship. I’d be very interested in seeing your list of comparable D behavior. I’m willing to bet that my list would be much, much longer.

    There is no evidence of Democrats actively working for W’s failure. We didn’t need to; he was pretty adept at self-failing without our help. There is a copious record of Democrats trying to point out his failure. That is far different than cheerleading for, or working to cause his downfall.

    The Republicans are a pack of lying traitors that would rather see this country go down in flames rather than have a Democratic president succeed. Until they show themselves to be otherwise, they can all go to hell.

  33. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on March 10, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    Ah, bipartisanship.

  34. Connie said on March 10, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    Our payroll service says it has already kicked in. My take home last Friday was about $35 higher. Your mileage may vary.

  35. Sue said on March 10, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    Well, I for one feel sorry for the staff at the NNNH. Judybusy and I will be asleep in a corner, quickly succumbing to alcohol-induced dehydration; people will be ordering pizzas without permission and sending out search parties to raid the refrigerator in search of something more substantial than Ensure; and various of the more opinionated residents will be smacking each other with their canes and having road rage wheelchair incidents in the hallway.

  36. Joe Kobiela said on March 10, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    Just don’t forget to pay the TAX on that extra chunk of change next year.
    Pilot Joe

  37. brian stouder said on March 10, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    It’s a tax reduction, or rebate, Joe; you know, like the one President Bush did, only without the expense of millions of rebate checks.

    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20090307164748AAVjQtU

  38. Deborah said on March 10, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    I tried to go back to work today, but at about 1:30 threw in the towel so I’m back home hacking my lungs out. I was driving everyone crazy with the deep honking coughing fits.
    Peter, are you employed by an architecture firm or do you have your own practice? I work for a large international Architecture firm (but I’m not an architect, I’m a graphic designer, doing graphic design for the built environment). My husband has his own practice. He does OK financially but considering how many bazillion hours he works his real hourly rate is pretty low. Of course he can’t charge his clients for all the hours he really works. He will never retire, he loves his work, it’s his life. I on the other hand am counting the hours until I can finally retire. Hopefully I will be able to call it quits in 2011 (that is if they don’t call it quits for me before that). I may still dabble in freelance projects but only if they interest me. All this may come crashing down, of course, in the next few months. We’ll see.

  39. Danny said on March 10, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    Ah, bipartisanship.

    {chuckle} … no kidding.

  40. beb said on March 10, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Catherine wrote:”If the dolphins and the great apes ever get together to overthrow the humans… look out. Planet of the Cetaceans?”

    I’ll hire the elephants to do the heavy lifting. Elephants exhibit a lot of complex society behavior as well. I forget whether they recognize themselves in a mirror, which seems to be a key sign of a self-awareness.

    Nancy wrote: “Smoking weed together at the nursing home? That sounds like heaven, as long as Domino’s will still deliver.”

    I did not know that Domino’s delivered pot.
    The good thing about smoking pot in the Nursing Home is that if it’s good enough pot you’ll forget you’re stuck in a crappy nursing home. And it will make you hungry enough to eat the lousy food they serve there.

    Actually, Danny, Democrats have a long history of bending over and grabbing their knees when it comes to Bush’s legislative proposals. This is nothing like how the Republicans insist under pain of punishment that all members votes alike.

    Cones of Silence. There are sound dampening systems that pick up the ambient sounds, invert its peaks and valleys and broadcast that sound to neutralize the original sound. I suppose the system doesn’t work as well as one would like but it does offer a form of silence.

  41. LA Mary said on March 10, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    My paycheck was 35 bucks higher too. That’s a tank of gas and a bit.

  42. moe99 said on March 10, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    I figure if I can master 2d Life before i go into the nursing home, I can have the life I’ve always dreamed of during my dotage.

  43. whitebeard said on March 10, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    good grief, I don’t get a paycheck any more, but if the Obama help kicked in that fast, what a change from the Bush rebate checks that required a million dollars to send a letter that we would get a rebate check and then more millions to cut the checks and mail out the checks and, even then, that got messed up.

    And, Gasman, I’m sorry, but I think even Hell has certain standards that won’t allow it to accept those wretched wrepublican wrascals, to quote Elmer Fudd.

  44. Connie said on March 10, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    You know there really are “cones of silence” available today. I have tested them in the exhibit halls. Those of you near Detroit, should you desire to see one, could visit the Clinton-Macomb Township Public Library, somewhere in Macomb County.

  45. basset said on March 10, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    unless I’ve missed it, which is a distinct possibility, nobody seems to have mentioned what the zookeepers did to that chimp in an attempt to quiet him down.

  46. Gasman said on March 10, 2009 at 11:44 pm

    The admission by Rep. McHenry totally obliterates any pretense of bipartisanship by the Republicans. They have been exposed as liars, once again.

    If it wasn’t for the lies, the histrionic bombast, the lunacy, the treason, or the bigotry, the Republicans would have nothing at all to say.

  47. Catherine said on March 10, 2009 at 11:59 pm

    Basset, I understand that they sent in Richard Holbrooke. Or was it April Glaspie?

  48. moe99 said on March 11, 2009 at 12:31 am

    Basset,

    I am betting that if any male on this forum, were castrated like the chimp was, in an attempt to quiet them down, they’d be throwing as many rocks as they could too, whether they are Democrat or Republican.

    Now moving on to the less controversial realm of religion, this just has my blood boiling:
    http://obsidianwings.blogs.com/obsidian_wings/2009/03/hic-haec-hoc.html

  49. CrazyCatLady said on March 11, 2009 at 12:52 am

    Yes!!! I would love to give my patients (at the nursing home I work at) pot. Not that I would do anything illegal–Never!!) The anxious ones would mellow, the agitated ones would calm, the skinny ones would eat and the grouchy ones would chill out. Medical maryjane would really help them. Which reminds me of the Dairy delivery guy in England who delivered pot along with milk and butter to elderly shut-ins. He charged for it at just above cost to help the old folks with their aches and pains. The law caught up with him and they sent him to prison. I say they should have sent him home on probation!

  50. joodyb said on March 11, 2009 at 12:55 am

    instead of a mediation room, perhaps a war room with padded walls, where ornery thinkers may hash it out to their hearts’ desire.
    mark and i are working on such a Plan B, newsies. but you’ll have to come to the Buckeye State. and we’ll be growing our own everything.