This is coming a day late, but I assure you it was written on Martin Luther King Jr. Day….. the federal holiday. Maybe today, my opinion won’t sound so off the wall. I really don’t have a problem with the government declaring more and more federal holidays (we haven’t seen any new ones in a while). Why are federal holidays worth my gripe today? Because I don’t think many people get to celebrate them.
Driving to work on Jan. 16th if you were on the road during “rush hour” like I was you also probably noticed the lack of people trying to go anywhere especially to work. It was probably magnified for me driving through downtown St. Paul on I 94/35 which mainly consists of government workers on most days.
In my line of work, most of what we do has a tendency to cater to the government which has 0 people in attendance today. Heck, I think more and more businesses are dependent on the government being open to continue work especially in the construction industry with more stringent inspections and standards. If they get the day off and still get paid our tax money like they were at work shouldn’t we?
Do you think federal holidays should be more inclusive requiring workers get the day off whether or not they work for the government or schools? Do we have too many federal holidays for that to work? Are you one of the workers that gets to enjoy federal holidays from your cubical? Let me know.