Uncommon Sense

July 16, 2021

Outstanding in Their Field . . . Not!

Filed under: Morality,Politics — Steve Ruis @ 10:04 am
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U.S. farm workers lives are in jeopardy from the intense heat in the West. The Guardian ran a piece with the title “We’re not animals, we’re human beings” and subtitles of “US farm workers labor in deadly heat with few protections” and “Advocates want OSHA to issue federal heat standards, requiring water, shade and rest breaks.”

About twenty years ago my partner and I got a recreational archery gig at an Air Force base in Japan. It was summer and it was quite hot. There were also restrictions on how many minutes one could work outside before retreating to an air conditioned rest area (not just shaded), based upon heat and humidity. If I remember right, at the most extreme conditions we encountered, it was a little as 15 minutes outside at a time with a long respite to follow.

Since we were running a recreation program for the dependent kids on the base, we were informed of these restrictions with no “ifs, ands, or buts.”

So, the concept of restricting exposure to extreme heat and humidity conditions isn’t exactly one foreign to the U.S. government. I guess the Congress people responsible for dealing with such things are way too busy to consider the plight of the people who put food on their tables or really any other need of ordinary Americans.


  1. Well, when you spend your day in a cool air-conditioned office doing little more than talking on the phone, reading documents, using your laptop … etc., –and traipsing off to the WH cafeteria for your sustenance — the plight of those brown-skinned people is of little to no concern.

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    Comment by Nan — July 16, 2021 @ 10:46 am | Reply

    • Yep, all other ordinary Americans as well, but here we are talking about life-threatening conditions, for Pete’s sake!

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — July 16, 2021 @ 10:47 am | Reply

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