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Poll: Most readers believe actions should affect employment

Sunday, January 27, 2008

That old saying, "actions speak louder than words" is alive and well in Clay County.

The Brazil Times recently asked its online readers "Should the consequences of one's actions affect their job status, even if it is a one time offense?"

Of the 315 respondents, 186 (59 percent) said yes, consequences should affect job status.

In contrast, 129 respondents (41 percent) said disagreed, stating consequences should not affect job status.

The Times' recent online poll also generated several comments from readers.

One reader stated, "No. As long as no one was hurt and they are a good worker," while another reader said, "I obey the rules of my employer. My private life is personal."

One reader said, "Why should an action deny a person's right to make a living and pay their bills. This sounds like the Rev. Al (Sharpton) rule," while another reader said, "If the person is a teacher or someone strongly involved with our children, yes, they should be dismissed."

Another reader stated, "Yes, if they hold a job such as a school teacher, where they are supposed to set good examples for their students," and another reader said, "This is a hard one. If one is an adult, working with other adults only, I think it should not affect the job, but if you are working with children who use you as a roll model, then yes, your job should be on the line. Children are influenced for the actions of the adults around them."

Since switching to a new online look, The Brazil Times has conducted 30 online polls. Of the 30, the most recent poll generated the third-most responses.

The poll from Oct. 21, 2007, "Following the shooting at Van Buren Elementary School, does Clay Community Schools need to increase security at all county schools" tallied 383 respondents, while the Sept. 30, 2007, poll, "Should Clay County adopt a smoking ban in all public buildings" managed 377 responders.

The current online poll is "What do you remember about the blizzard of 1978?" Options to choose from include:

* All that snow,

* All the news reports,

* Getting stuck in the weather,

* I don't remember much about the blizzard, or

* Nothing. I wasn't even born.

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I think the poll dealing with your actions affecting employment is pretty representative of the way most people think. I guess a lot of how much your actions affect your job would depend on what kind of job you have. If a police officer, minister, teacher, politician, etc is arrested you always read in the news paper "John Smith, Minister of the First Baptist Church arrested or Jane Doe, High School English Teacher arrested. You rarely if ever read "John Jones, Great Dane assembly worker arrested." People who accept positions that deal with public trust must understand that more is expected of them than a person in another line of work.

I'm sure that more than 95% of all Police Officers, Teachers, Ministers, etc are good hard working people who don't break the law and lead good moral lives. Unfortunately when one of the small percentage of immoral people in their profession gets in trouble all the rest seem to get painted with the same brush. There is definitely a double standard in play here, but maybe it is a good thing. A person whom we trust enough to put in a position of responsibility needs to realize that if they break the law or act immorally they have broken the trust we've placed in them. This trust is a mandatory requirement in positions such as teaching, preaching, law enforcement, coaching, etc. and once the trust is gone, the person is no longer qualified to remain in their position.

-- Posted by snow on Mon, Jan 28, 2008, at 2:03 PM

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