Monday, September 18, 2006

Shake Ups All-around

The past two weeks have brought about a lot that affects the Detroit metro area. First it was the school strike and then the Ford Motor Company. Ford announced it was going to eliminate 14,000 salaried jobs. All I could think of was, here we go again.

The teacher strike put teachers against administration and parents. Now the Ford announcement has residents and other businesses fighting for survival. The southeast section of the state of Michigan is hanging by a thin thread already. The last thing they need is another battle to fight in the world of survival. Yet, that is the new train of thought. What do we do now, is the question?

The announcement now has lent an open forum to a retiring senior executive with Ford. Annie Stevens, who leaves the company October 1, says it was too little, too late. She said the company is top heavy and takes too long to resolve problems. Hello, didn’t you notice this back in the eighties and nineties? Apparently not. Every company in existence then starting cutting back during that time.

If that isn’t enough, the battle for governorship between Granholm and DeVos is scaring the bee heaves out of residents also. Do I go with DeVos and worry about more jobs leaving teh state or do I stay with Granholm and look forward to more jobs coming to Michigan? Lordy, lordy, too much on the plate. I know sometimes more than one drastic change at the same time is more than most people can think about. Will these job related issues affect the upcoming election? Probably. Many people usually lean toward the candidate they feel will help them survive.

Survival of the fittest is guiding the populace now. The loss of a job makes people think what else is coming in the near and far future. Do I do this or do I do that? Decisions, decisions, decisions. Why now, is what hovers around people as their plans of yesterday no longer apply. Sadly, it is all out of their control. They have to accept that the only thing they can control, is themselves. To constantly worry about the doings of businesses, schools, or the government is ludicrous. One can only do what is necessary as time allows.

Remember the very old saying, when handed lemons, make lemonade? Well, it sounds like it would definitely be a plan of action now.

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