Have you ever had a perfectly good day moderately inconvenienced by someone's fight for their livelihood? This letter to the editor writer has. The writer thanked Illinois public employees fighting to save their pensions at the state fair last week, but not for the reason you may expect.
I want to thank the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees for its loud protestof Gov. Pat Quinn last Wednesday. They spoiled my lunch at the Pork Patio.I won't include his name because he might be an otherwise decent person who just had a bad day. That being said...really?
One day a year, we take our grandson to the state fair and get a chance to eat at the Pork Patio. This year, the union protesters spoiled it. I really enjoyed the AFSCME protester standing on the table right next to my lunch.
Who cares that the pensions and retiree health care benefits these workers were promised in exchange for years of work are being threatened?! Who cares that they're having the fight of their lives against a state government that finds money for millions in special corporate tax breaks but not for pensions?! All that really matters is that someone interrupted this man's oh-so-important lunch.
It's a good thing he wasn't around to whine about his lunch at other inconvenient moments in history! Just imagine:
"I would like to thank the members of SNCC who interrupted my lunch at Woolworth's the other day when they held a sit-in instead of quietly going to the section designated for them..."
"Dear General Eisenhower, I was attempting to enjoy my annual picnic on the beaches of Normandy this past June when a group of your soldiers rudely rushed by..."
"I would like to thank Ms. Rosa Parks for making me late for my lunch appointment when she refused to follow instructions clearly given to her by the bus driver..."
In the future, I hope everyone will please be careful to not let your democracy interfere with this man's lunch!