Food staffing shortage article chronicles real-world realities
As a restaurateur I need to comment on the April 6 front page piece “From chefs to servers, staff is in short supply” by food editor Andrew Z. Galarneau. This struck a chord with me. It’s a dilemma not just for fledgling entrepreneurs but seasoned owner-operators as well.
In 2006 I opened my restaurant in the village of Williamsville where I discovered staffing was my most imperative concern even after extensive advertising and pursuing connections in the business.
A prep cook, graduate from Paul Smith’s College and a local kitchen assistant recruited from a prominent eatery both turned out to be disastrous hires. Then, desperately I hired anyone who provided even remotely acquired hands-on experience, as several weeks prior to opening I was sorely minus a professional staff.
From there on in the business became family run. I prepped all day, met with beer, wine and provisions distributors, made desserts, served tables up, down and outside then closed at midnight. My husband drove in daily from his job in Rochester to arrive promptly at 6 p.m. despite traffic snafus, manned the stove, plated dinners and washed dishes. By contrast to the revolving door of employees, a young special needs art instructor from Allentown applied for work.
She prepared salads, served soups, desserts and drinks, cleaned-off tables and resurrected my perspective. One day she suggested we participate in “Restaurant Week” which we reluctantly agreed to. The sales and exposure to our unique German and Polish menu were so successful we cut her a percentage of our profits.
The pertinent information provided by The News food editor was not only precisely stated but also provided warnings, I feel, for those foolishly toying with the romantic notion of opening a restaurant. Trust me, no one shares your unproven and costly dreams. Democratic leaders.
New York is now ruled by the governor’s Democratic party which voted to increase the salaries of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul.
Direct support professionals need increases in wages and funding to provide for their families. Facilities that employ direct support professionals need funding.
Direct support professionals serve those who cannot physically or emotionally help themselves. Shame on public servants who accept generous salary increases. Contact your legislators to do the right thing. Repeal the raises and replace funding to direct support professionals and their facilities.
Let’s look at our history for impeachment lessons
Questions about impeachment, indictment, both, or neither are on the table now. History may be a guide, especially if it involves not only a comparison to the Nixon Administration but also what took place a century before when Andrew Johnson was president.
Following Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, Johnson became president at the close of the Civil War. As Lincoln’s vice president, he was originally for readmitting the Southern states. However, his position switched during Reconstruction to a policy of white supremacy, angering Radical Republicans who wanted even harsher treatment of Confederacy than Lincoln.
The Radical Republicans sought to protect the Secretary of War, Edwin Stanton, by passing the Tenure in Office Act, requiring Senate consent if a Cabinet member was removed by Johnson. When Johnson fired Stanton, Johnson was impeached. The Senate failed to convict him by one vote.
When the historical circumstances are considered, my conclusion is that Johnson was impeached and almost convicted for being a racist. If Congress can do that, there’s no need for an indictment to impeach a president. Impeachment is a political question, with the legislative branch making the decision.
Legal scholars argue impeachment, without a criminal indictment, would result in more impeachments. The impeachment of Johnson was highly political. However, no president was impeached between Johnson and Bill Clinton.
President Trump could be impeached right now for his unconstitutional treatment of families on the southern border; no indictment is necessary.