Do unto servers as you'dhave them do unto you
This letter is my response to your July 30 article about tipping your server, and hopefully can voice the opinion of most people in the food service industry. First of all servers do not make minimum wage. I work at a large corporate restaurant and I make $2.13 an hour plus tips. Every two weeks my paycheck is void because my tips negate my wage, which means I live off my tips.
Don Foster of California says "Why should I give more than I give to the lord? & quot; Well, Don, I am a Christian and the Bible says treat others the way you want to be treated. I work very hard for every penny I get, and if I give you 20 percent service that is the tip I deserve. I am a server, it's not my fault if the food is cold, I do not cook it, or if it takes a long time, there are other diners besides you. People do not realize what it's like to try your best to please someone in every aspect of their meal, and then receive little or nothing for your time.
I eat out and when I get bad service that I know is the server's fault I leave an appropriate tip, but I do not fault someone for being busy or for bad food. This is a free country and people have the right to tip or not tip, and I have done this enough to take the good with the bad. I just get angry when people treat us like were beneath them. I work just as hard as the average person , and deserve a fair tip for good service. This is how I pay all my bills and put myself through school and I try to give everyone good service, all servers ask is a good tip in return. So next time you eat out and have a good experience, just leave a good tip because remember one day you might have to depend on others for your living, and 10 percent of their help and time isn't very much at all.
Kindness and generosity are rewarded, greed and cruelty are not.
One theft begets another
This note is for the thief or thieves who stole a large bowl of potted flowers and two bird feeders from 4501 Market St. the night of July 10. Do you know of a place where you can steal birdseed? You know, those bird feeders need to be filled every day so the little birds have something to eat.
You'll have to steal about 40 pounds every two or three weeks, so you need to find a place that you can go back to regularly and not get caught. If you think that's too much trouble, just bring them back some night. That is unless you've given them to your mother or girlfriend, and maybe they'll spring for the money to buy seed.
Maybe you told Mom you got the flowers and feeders at a garage sale. Of course, that would make you a liar and a thief, but what do you care?
DONALD K. ALLEN, MS, DVM
Traficant is easier to expel than to dismiss
The expulsion of James Traficant, D-17th, from Congress comes as no surprise, but his candid and harsh criticism of our government should not be dismissed so easily.
In his final speech to colleagues last Wednesday night, Traficant attempted to raise awareness of the flaws in our system of justice in this country. More importantly, he also warned that the American people are skeptical, some even fearful, of the & quot;government. & quot; There is an element of truth in what Traficant professes, despite his unorthodox and in-your-face style of politics. Anyone who has ever dealt with the government on any level knows well the frustration of plowing through the bureaucratic maze that our elected officials have created.
At times, it almost seems as though the government is working against us rather than for us. Bigger is not always better, and the larger our government becomes the more risk there is of overlooking the very people it seeks to serve.
I do not live in Traficant's former district, nor do I condone what he has done. What I do think we can learn from this unfortunate incident in our country's history is that government must always ensure equality and justice for each person. Our system of laws and constitutional guarantees need to serve us both as a nation and as individuals. In an awkward and somewhat oblique way, I believe Traficant is both a symbol and a foreshadowing of what our government has become today.
BRUCE C. SWAFFIELD
X The writer is a professor of Communication Arts and English at Malone College.
Ethics, not policemen,ensure true honesty
Enron, Worldcom, Arthur Anderson, Global Crossing, Adelphia. Who will be discovered next, stealing money from investors? The resulting hardships touch pensioned retirees and others vested across the entire stock market, reducing incomes and dashing the hopes of many for end-of-life security.
A former executive with the Securities and Exchange Commission said, "It's a shame that corporate America has somehow gotten into the mindset that this is OK. & quot; Other business and government leaders have also expressed perplexity at how this could happen. Few affirm President Bush's call for executives to place moral integrity above stolen profits.
Whatever happened to & quot;Thou Shall Not Steal? & quot; I remember now, that phrase is no longer politically correct. We have been expunging God and His commands from our national life for years. Since the Ten Commandments were our only code of ethics, we are now left with no ethical standard.
There will never be enough regulators and policemen to protect a society bent on stealing from one another. We must have an ethics standard. There is one available, that served us well for 200 years, the Ten Commandments.
When records are closed, the public is blind
On Wednesday July 17 in your "How We See It" column you wrote about keeping records open to Ohio citizens. This was in regard to the Florida legislature passing a law exempting autopsy photos from the state's public records law. I agree with your article saying when public funds are used that autopsy reports and photos should be open record. I would hope that any publishing company would use good taste and not publish the photos but using them only to understand and clarify any information required to write true and factual articles.
I believe that the settlement made with Salem Police Officer Gary Poage by Perry Township in Columbiana County was also made with insurance funds purchased by the township with public funds. The attorneys and insurance company agreed not to disclose the amount of this settlement. In my opinion the taxpayers of Perry Township had a right to know the amount of this settlement. There was also some question at least by Judge Tobin of Columbiana County that this suit ever had any merit. But had the case gone to trial and had Mr. Poage won, the township would have been liable for the attorney fees and the cost of the settlement.
It is a sad testimony to our judicial system that settlements are given to people solely on the high costs of attorneys and court fees, not on whether they deserve it.
Speaking in defenseof Mill Creek Park board
A recent letter was highly critical of the Mill Creek MetroParks commissioners and specifically accused board president Harry Meshel of political cronyism. Such vague and baseless charges should not go unchallenged.
By making such broad and unspecified accusations, the writer, intentionally or not, discredited a number of good people who work for the park. Who are these & quot;political hacks & quot; to whom he objects? Not Tom Carney, who recently served as interim director for a few months. Mr. Carney donated his time and took no salary. And certainly not Susan Dicken, the newly appointed executive director.
Anyone who knows her and her work is aware of what an asset she is to the MetroParks system and the community.
The public should be aware that it was the current board members who changed the meeting times to an hour much more accessible to working people. And recently they have revised some regulations to make park facilities even more user friendly. Let's remember too that park commissioners receive no compensation and no benefits.
The Mill Creek MetroParks system is in good hands. The board of park commissioners and the administrative staff deserve our thanks, not unwarranted criticism.
Let the families decide
I believe that the survivors of 9/11 and those who lost their loved ones should have a voice in what should be done in rebuilding the World Trade Center buildings.
We all hurt over this terrible thing, but it is the families that are suffering this loss. Let them decide.