Thursday, September 27, 2012
The Panda Bear on Bankers Hours and Voting Hours
The Panda Bear recently talked to a Bank Vice President, She was doing business at a bank on Saturday because she and Mr. Panda work during the week, Saturday hours are now common and many branches now are opened Sunday. The Panda Bear commented that bankers no longer seemed to work "bankers’ hours". The www.urbandictionary.com defines “Bankers’ Hours” as:
Working or being open for the shortest and most inconvenient amount of time (~10am-4pm). Also includes a long lunch break and every possible holiday off.
The bank VP said bankers no longer worked bankers hours-many now have to work nights and weekends.
Many physicians complain that they are no longer treated with the respect that the profession once had. The Panda Bear thinks one reason that people don't respect physicians as much as they used to is that the work hours of physicians don't seem as impressive as they did in former times. Now when physicians complain of work hours they don't much seem longer than other workers and physicians are still better paid than many other occupations.
However, with everyone working these long hours nowadays one would think the state of Massachusetts would have longer voting hours than it does now. In Massachusetts, for election that can determine the fate of our state and country we have voting hours on a weekday Tuesday from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm. The Panda Bear thinks these hours are a hardship for many working people. Many people work nine hours a day and have commutes of at least two hours. Often the places where people have to vote are not conveniently located for them. Many people have multiple jobs and other commitments. The Panda Bear herself has had at times found it difficult to vote. The Panda Bear would vote more often in minor elections if it was easier to vote. To make voting available to people just one weekday is not enough.
The Panda Bear thinks in this busy modern world of ours it should easier for people to vote. Workers on strict work schedules should demand that the government make it easier for them to vote.