Nice work, if you can get it

Posted: Thursday, December 26, 2002

I am loath to instruct someone on how to raise their children. However, I cannot help thinking that if Gov. Frank Murkowski had practiced the same tough love that my father did when I was a teenager, he might not find himself having to find employment for his adult children. You see, when I turned 13 years old, my father decided that he wanted to teach me the value of hard work and money, so he told me to find a job. I stopped receiving an allowance and had to strike out into the work place to find a money-making opportunity on my own.

For a 13-year-old the job opportunities are quite limited, and I can tell you U.S. Senator was not an option. So I got a job working for people around the neighborhood doing menial yard work. It did not pay well and was hot, sweaty work. However, it did teach me the costs and benefits of working on my own. I remember thinking that this work was terrible, and I wanted something better.

Aside from learning about hard work, I learned to aspire to something better. So, Mr. Murkowski should probably have started Lisa off with something a little less important than senator. It may not be too late, Frank. Tell Lisa that I am accepting applications to shovel my sidewalk for $5.00 an hour.

Brian Lieb


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