Surveys and polls are sometimes useful and often suspect: useful because they can show how a designated segment of society feels about a topic or can provide information about those individuals’ lives; suspect because there is no guarantee that the individuals responding to the questions are truly representative of the target group. With that caveat, two recent surveys are worth reading. READ MORE
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In the late 1940s, after service in the Navy during World War II, my father signed on as a mail carrier at the local post office. He never left that job, working his way up from walking a route to postmaster. Bored after retirement, he worked part-time as a greeter at the local funeral home. It was perfect for him. He got to dress up and meet his friends, and on good days he got to drive the hearse. It never occurred to my father to change jobs while he was at the post office. People who did that sort of thing, drifting from job to job, were viewed at the time with some suspicion, as layabouts. More »
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