While it is not proper to celebrate a public beating, or a private one for that matter, there was loud support on social media for a Baltimore mother who, upon witnessing her son standing amid protesters wearing a black ski mask and holding a rock in his hand, decided to knock some sense into his head. Literally.
Toya Graham’s 16-year-old son was on the fringes of the violent demonstrations that began after the funeral of Freddie Gray, who was fatally injured while in police custody. Taking matters into her own hands, she slapped the teen several times in full view of the cameras – not caring about anything other than getting him away from the mayhem. Graham later told CBS News that she was trying to protect her only son and prevent him from becoming the next Freddie Gray.
Without condoning her methods, given the attention to recent deaths of black men at the hands of police across the country it is easy to understand the mother’s concern. We hope Graham and her son later talked about what happened and why. And then hugged it out.
At best it’s a case of voting against your own interests. At worst it’s political hypocrisy.
Rep. Randy Boehning, a North Dakota state lawmaker, voted against extending legal protections to gays and lesbians. Now the Fargo Republican has been called out for sending a graphic image of himself to another user of a gay dating website. Boehning later told the Forum newspaper that he is gay and “that’s what gay guys do on gay sites, don’t they?”
The political takeaway: Don’t send graphic images of yourself to anyone. Ever.
A lot of companies have an “employee of the month” program. Grocer Frank Budwey deserves an “owner of the year” award.
As reported in The News, Budwey announced the opportunity of a lifetime to his 33 very lucky full-time employees.
After soul-searching about the company’s future, Budwey, 66, decided to make his employees the owners. Each of his employees, who range in age from 21 to 62, will get a piece of the company pie, some larger than others but a good helping for all. Budwey will retain the majority of the shares and employees will split the company’s profits in proportion to the amount of stock they hold. When he retires in 10 years, his shares will go to employees who take on leadership positions.
Budwey’s action is all the more noteworthy in light of today’s economic climate, where income for workers has stagnated while it soars for company owners and top executives. As one industry expert said, “Frank Budwey should be on the retail equivalent of Mount Rushmore for this.”