Comments of the Day:
"Remember when the work day was 9-5?"–fugunancy
"Fareed Zakaria is completely out of touch with reality. Anyone in the U.S. who takes a vacation will be promptly fired. I know for a fact that I'll never take a vacation again for the rest of my working life."–WeirdMN
On this Labor Day weekend, columnist Fareed Zakaria urged Americans to take a break, saying that working longer, harder hours does not make for greater productivity. While some CNN.com readers agreed, many more expressed frustration, whether it was because they had no job, because they had no vacation or because they were afraid to use the time they had.
JB said: "It's not that I don't want to take vacation, but that I need a larger severance package. Many of us at my office view vacation as a safety net against layoffs. There have been several, and the severance package is 'generous' from the company perspective, but not if you have put in 10, 15 and 20 years for the company. There is nothing about getting laid off that makes it generous."
Steve Gastin said, "Wish I could get a job after two years of unemployment. Fifteen million unemployed have had enough vacation and are itching for work." Swestey said, "No kidding. Maybe Fareed is stressed out and overworked, but there are plenty of Americans who do not even have jobs (or at least decent ones). Live in the real world for a while, Fareed."
Holly said, "It's not that we don't want a vacation. We can't afford them. It takes me a full year to earn five days off. Believe me, if vacation time were forthcoming, more Americans would take it." Bill said, "13 days of vacation? I wish. I am fortunate enough to get one week. I know of many other people who get none at all."
Burt said, "Not only do Americans get fewer vacation days, we also tend not to take our full two weeks at one time, because someone at the office might steal our job when we’re gone, or we might appear to be dispensable and then get fired upon return to work. You know, out of sight, out of mind, out of work. ..."
Wildfires during devastating drought in Texas have killed two and destroyed hundreds of homes. Dozens of fires are burning across the state, the Texas Forest Service said Monday. Many CNN.com readers attributed the drought and fires to global climate change.
LaughingMan7 said, "The irony of Texas is that we drive the biggest trucks, have the worst drought, and are the most doubtful of global warming."
endcrownsall asked, "Where's 'there is no such thing as global warming' Gov. Perry as his home state burns up?
maxhedroom said, "Making an idiotic statement like 'prayer circles are the solution' isn't going to help his cause. Focusing on the causes for climate change and possible solutions is what our elected officials should be doing."
globaldecay offered this timeline:
"1928 – Hugh Bennett warns soil practice leads to erosion. Bennett declared 'alarmist'.
1931 – Severe drought hits Southern Plains.
1934 – Great Dust Storms spread. Drought worst in U.S. history.
1935 – The 'Black Blizzard' hits, Congress declares soil erosion 'National Menace'.
1936 – Bennett’s plan implemented.
1970s – Scientists warn fossil fuel use will cause dust bowl scenario. Declared alarmist.
2011 – Texas declares worst drought in history, worst fire season ever.
2016 – ???"
GAK62 said, "While I agree that folks definitely should NOT be so callous about this tragedy, you are in denial if you think this isn't climate change. Texas had a summer like never before. Most cities had triple-digit temperatures 80 out of 90 days this summer. Wichita Falls had a high temperature of 124 this summer, and the Texas highway workers reported temperatures on the freeways around Dallas at 147! That is not normal! When are people gonna wake up and realize we are changing the Earth's weather?"
monah said, "I live in a small suburb outside of Austin. We have had three fires in our small town this summer, with the third one being yesterday. While I am not a Perry supporter, he didn't start these fires and has no control over them."
okkebas replied, "Monah, there are consequences for systematically slashing funding for park services, fire departments and the like. I'm not claiming that's the cause of the fire, but it sure doesn't help."
In response to a story about those who evaded death on 9/11 - and how doing so changed their lives - many CNN.com shared their own stories.
AJ57 said, "My uncle was a pilot (now retired) for AmericanAirlines, and he was scheduled to fly American Airlines Flight 11 on the morning of 9/11. He has an apple orchard that needed some work, so he switched days with his co-worker and friend. We finally got a hold of him in the late afternoon, and when we found out that he was safe, we all started sobbing. He didn't know what had happened until right before we called, since he was outside working. Two of his good friends died that day, and he felt terrible because he had asked to switch days. But he was also grateful to be alive."
PdfNinja said, "A friend of my dad's was in NYC that day, and they planned to go to the top of the WTC that morning for a spectacular view. But someone in his group had a different idea. 'We can come back later. 'It's not like the building won't be standing tomorrow.' So they are alive today."
RickOPKS said, "The opposite also holds. The young man who handled my small brokerage account didn't work in the WTC, nor did he visit there often. He went there that morning to meet a friend for coffee and died in the disaster."
bookldy209 said, "Because of a company merger, one of our very good friends, a middle manager for a financial firm in tower 2, was fired a month prior. At the time, he thought it was the worst day of his life, but now counts his blessings. Today he teaches high school English in NYC."
MC1r said, "I still have my boarding pass for United Flight 175. I was visiting Boston for a long weekend. I switched to an earlier flight (Monday night) because I'm a night owl, and I didn't want to get up early Tuesday morning. I was awakened early Tuesday by my panicked brother trying to find me, thinking I was on that flight. We'll all remember that morning forever."
DirtyO said, "My ex-boyfriend was supposed to be on Flight 77 that flew out of Dulles and crashed into the Pentagon. He got called into a meeting at work. His best friend was on the flight."
hitech111 said, "Yeah, life is kinda strange. My cousin took a later train because he and his wife decided on a little morning recreation. His firm lost hundreds of employees as the first plane came right through his office."
Geeshgirl said, "My friend had a similar incident, except she died because of the change in her routine. She usually arrived at Cantor at 10, but went in early that day. What if ..."
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