LOCAL LABOR DAY REDUX: CELEBRATE THE TOP 5 TOUGHEST JOBS IN KANSAS CITY!!!
Because bloggers don't get or deserve a break, we'd like to conclude our Labor Day postings with just a bit of tribute to people who work much harder than than the legion of locals who look at screens and kill their eyes for a living.
And so . . .
CELEBRATE THE TOP FIVE TOUGHEST JOBS IN KANSAS CITY TONIGHT!!!
Sure, desk jockeys deserve celebration too but the career paths we've chosen to celebrate tonight are mostly overlooked, underpaid, underappreciated or under constant criticism.
Take a look:
Workers Who Clean Stuff Keep Kansas City Beautiful Not The Creeps From Visit KC
There's a reason that everything looks nice in Kansas City consumer outlets or in the biz class hotel that cheapskate companies commission for the middle-managers whom they despise . . . And that reason has a name and problems of their own. From dirty tables to storefronts and even filthy streets . . . People paid poorly to clean stuff around Kansas City are always unfairly compensated, overlooked and derided but this place would be a mess without them. Yes, this does include your mom and/or girlfriend as well.
Dishwashers Of All Sorts Deserve Respect
Another cleaning category wherein moms and girlfriends are included . . . Dishwasher is the lowest worker on the totem pole in the nastiest part of restaurants most people would find distinctly unappetizing. This dirty job is somewhere on the TKC CV but quickly abandoned because it's VERY tough work.
Newspaper Reporters, Not Pundits Protect The Kansas City Public Trust
Credit where it's due . . . Newspaper reporters are a dying breed despite the myth that a daily rag is sustainable and while their copy is often manipulated and ignored it remains essential for our Democracy. Don't get it twisted, PR hacks and consultants are masterful at twisting the words of these dutiful scribes but the idea that somebody is going to sit and watch mind-numbing public meetings in order to highlight the most relevant aspects for the rest of us is probably the most important aspect of journalism that's going the way of the dodo and has not and will not be replaced by the Internets chattering class.
Life Lesson: Teachers School Kansas City But Top Heavy District Administrators Earn Take Home Much Higher Salaries
Sure, they might get a lot of esteem but the administrators get all the cash while these folks are in the trenches doing work that most parents either resent, neglect or contradict.
Police Officers Have The Toughest Job In Kansas City Right Now Amid Civil Unrest & The Skyrocketing Local Homicide Count
At the risk of seemingly ridiculous, this blog contends that right now cops have the toughest job in Kansas City despite the fact that critics constantly attack their budget.
Here's why . . .
- There are fewer officers on the street and many rank & file police contend they're not getting the support they need from leadership.
- Every decision they make can be scrutinized, challenged and second guessed. A bad outcome could land them in jail right next to people they've helped to put away. Yes, we all have to answer to somebody but for these men and women, the stakes are exceptionally high and a wrong move could start a riot. The job offers a lot of pressure considering that most locals are simply worried about typos and arbitrary work deadlines.
- The career path for police officer is becoming increasingly political. While the profession was once documented, rewarded or disciplined in terms of cases or crime stats . . . The culture war has made this job part of identity politics and many officers are now commended or criticized based mostly on demographics and their affiliations.
TKC is a fanboy of NOBODY. We've got more than a few cutting cop jokes in our arsenal that would send the softer patrols workers home crying. We're simply noting the fact that Kansas City police are confronting more challenges than any other working class profession and from all sides as our local homicide count continues to surge. And at the end of the day, even their harshest critics are quick to dial 911 for help when things go wrong.
Accordingly . . .
By no means is this list comprehensive and we know there are a lot of people who work very hard out there who didn't make this list: Like your mom and/or girlfriend despite the fact that her suffering is mostly self-inflicted. Feel free to appreciate them in the comments and hopefully we'll have more for the morning update.
Have a happy remainder of Labor Day . . . STAY TUNED!!!