The Dreaded Ghosts of Staffers Past

I don’t know what it’s like where you folks work, but my tiny office is a lot like a family. A dysfunctional family, to be sure, but a family nonetheless. Read More The Dreaded Ghosts of Staffers Past

Hateful Rhetoric: A story from the inside

For my politics column today, I’d wanted to write about President Obama’s speech last night at the memorial for the victims of this past weekend’s shooting, and about virulent language in public debate more generally. So much of it has been said already (such is the downfall of writing weekly on the subject, rather than daily) with varying levels of accusation, defensiveness, and rational discussion in tone. Read More Hateful Rhetoric: A story from the inside

Working for the Man

Hi, my name is BaseballChica03, and I work for an elected official. (We’ll call him Bossman.*) We staffers ordinarily have a pretty thankless job, but it seems like this election season more than most brought out extra hate for local, state, and federal employees. I realize that cities and states all over the country are in a budget crunch, and the idea of your tax dollars going to my salary is distasteful to some people. But our jobs are pretty important, and on this Election Day, I’d like to take a few minutes to tell you a little bit about what it is that people like me do for a living. Read More Working for the Man