Neal Barton's POV

Leave us alone


POSTED: Tuesday, May 8, 2012 - 5:55pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, May 9, 2012 - 2:34pm

If it were not for the federal government telling me how to live my life, I just don't think I could bear it.

And now, just as the weather is heating up, your United States Department of Labor is telling you to slow down.

On Monday, the administration launched a national campaign warning people how dangerous it is to work outside in hot weather.

Really? I spend a weekend doing that. I wish I would have thought of that, especially when mowing high grass.

"Drinking plenty of water and taking frequent breaks in cool, shaded areas are incredibly important in the hot summer months," said Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health.

Do we really need someone to tell us that?

I was told that about--- 47 years ago.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, a division of the Labor Department, says heat stroke has killed around 30 workers a year, on average, since 2003, and "thousands" of workers" are stricken annually with heat-related illnesses.

Yes, and that's nothing to laugh at there.

But we live in a hot climate. A lot of the country is a hot climate and work has to be done.

If you work outside and your supervisor sees you sitting down, be sure and tell him or her the United States Department of Labor says "I have to slow down."

I sure am glad we have the government telling us it's ok to slow down and how to work in the hot sun.

If they really want to help, get out of the air conditioning boardrooms and grab a shovel.

That's my point of view, what's yours?

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To look at both sides, first it sounds like they're playing up the global warming mantra, that our health and safety are being threatened by it. On the other hand, it sounds like the same information my employer reminds us with each year.

Yeah buddy. Sure must be hard hot work in that KETK newsroom burying all those Ron Paul news stories. Maybe if media didn't have to "Cram-down" that Massachusets Liberal's campaign on conservative Texans then, we all could breathe easier.

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