Juneteenth is Sunday and now, as a federal holiday since last year, will be officially observed this year on Monday.
That means most federal employees will have the day off with pay. So will some in the private sector. But not everyone. It's the same with some other federal holidays. such as Memorial Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
And that's the question of the Week. Does your employer allow a paid day off for Juneteenth? Do you believe your employer should do so? Are there any other federal holidays your employer doesn't currently allow as a paid day off but, in your opinion, should?
Send your response (50 words maximum) to [email protected] by Wednesday, June 22. You can also mail your response to the Texarkana Gazette Friday Poll, at P.O. Box 621, Texarkana, TX 75504 or drop it off at our office, 101 E. Broad St, Texarkana, Ark. Be sure to include your name, address and phone number. We will print as many responses as we can in next Friday's paper.
Last Week: Reasonable or Overreach?
Last week's question was about proposed gun control legislation. Are the proposed House restrictions reasonable? Or are does the legislation go too far?
If we pass this bill then we should also raise the draft age to 21. If an 18 year old is too immature to handle a civilian weapon then he is too immature to handle a more powerful military weapon. -- J.C., Texarkana, Texas
-- I think that's reasonable.
-- Big mistake
-- Two things thst shouldn't have been in there: the limit on rounds and the part about suicide. Anyone determined to kill themselves is going to do it one way or another. That is where they should have implemented mental health laws. We need laws that helps families get a family member the help they need. As they are right now, a family 's hands are tied when it comes to trying to help their loved ones.
-- We have gun laws already we don't need any more... criminals don't obey any gun law period criminals also can buy guns on the street mental people don't obey the gun laws either. So nothing is gonna change or help with more gun laws anybody with sense should know that. It's like drunk drivers killing people with cars no difference it's not the cars fault or the guns fault it's the person that has to be held accountable gonna have more car laws too ? How about drug laws ? They can't even keep drugs off the streets how about deal with drugs & mental nut jobs & drunks ....how about the judges justice system stepping up making example of those that break the laws and causes death give them all the death penalty right then be done.
-- Well, 18, 19, 20 year olds are too young to go to war for this country if they can't purchase a gun.
-- I think it's reasonable but don't know if it will deter these mass shootings evil always finds a way regardless of rules being in place
-- Here's the problem with pretty much any government-related solution: it's always a blanket settlement. We have a lot of issues with our society but expecting government to pass laws or "fix it" is the least productive option there is. People can of far better service to others than any laws that could be passed. I just think that if we payed more attention to what's going with our neighbors and communities (or stop being in denial about it) then we could solve many of these issues ourselves.
-- Not far enough ...
-- Will not stop the crazies from killing.
-- Should of been far stricter.