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A former employee of a restaurant in Crested Butte, Colo. has a bone to pick with her erstwhile boss.

In a letter to the editor of the Crested Butte News, Maura Jane Roche slams her former boss, restaurant owner Peter Maxwell, for writing into the paper to complain about the work ethic of his employees.

“In your letter to the paper last week you made a huge generalization on an entire generation of people,” Roche writes. “Your letter is especially offensive to those who currently work for you, as well as those who have worked for you in the past. Respectable employers value their employees, they acknowledge their workers as the foundation of a successful business.”

Roche says she received her final four paychecks from Maxwell nine months after leaving the job — and when those paychecks finally came, she was told she was not owed any compensation.

“Apparently, you think that this is appropriate– well it’s not,” she writes. “Your employees should be paid in full and on time.”

Roche also claims Maxwell charged employees for credit card transaction fees– a growing restaurant industry practice that has drawn complaints from hospitality workers’ unions.

“By nickel and diming employees, well, that speaks novels about an employer,” she writes.

Maxwell, in addition to his Crested Butte News letter, recently spoke to the Gunnison Country Times about his gripes with his employees.

“When we first opened in 2009, I had realtors, I had people that used to be managers coming in and working for me,” he said. “Now, some of the quality of people (applying for jobs) has gone down.”

In her letter, Roche said it’s fine for employers like Maxwell to hold high standards, so long as they hold themselves to the same benchmarks.

“Like you said in your letter, there is nothing wrong with expecting hard work from an employee. I’d like to add there is nothing wrong with expecting an honest and respectful employer,” Roche writes in closing. “Only a responsible employer can demand responsible employees.”

Read Roche’s full letter below:


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Who says only cats have nine lives? Molly, a yellow Labrador Retriever who has lived through the worst, will tell you otherwise.

Molly was adopted into a family that had good intentions for her but didn’t understand her various medical conditions. Like many households, her family overfed her, causing her weight to balloon.


By four years old, she was thirty pounds overweight. For a Labrador, where seventy pounds is normal, she was over one hundred pounds. Her heavy frame slowed her considerably. She looked like she had aged. Her gait was sluggish and lumbering, but her skin was a more severe problem than her weight issues.


The food Molly was being fed was slowly killing her. She had an allergic reaction to a component in the diet, causing a yeast infection. The yeast infection was exasperated by lack of medical treatment. The allergies and infections caused her to lose her fur.


As the problems persisted, Molly continued to lose fur until she had lost one-third of the fur on her entire body. What was left was fungus on her skin causing a putrid smell that could not be masked or covered up. Not knowing what else to do, her family left her outside. This put Molly out in the elements where flies gravitated to her exposed flesh and bit her ears, causing further infection. All the while, the family was continuing to feed her the same diet that caused the condition to begin with. The situation was dire.


The family had other dogs on their property and knew they could not financially care for Molly properly. Luckily, they did the right thing. They relinquished her to the Southern California Labrador Retriever Rescue who saw Molly, and knew she would require a long recovery process. They were right. Not only was Molly suffering from various infections caused by poor diet and neglect, but her new foster mom Dami Shepard then found a lump on Molly’s neck.


Shepard said, “We were afraid. We immediately thought cancer.” As if Molly hadn’t suffered enough, she went into surgery to have the tumor removed and biopsied. The cost of the surgery was paid entirely by good Samaritans and the Southern California Labrador Retriever Rescue. The tumor was cancerous but the vets believed they got it all out in time. By a miracle, she is now in remission.


Three months later, the daily baths, ointments, medications and proper diet, helped to get Molly back on her feet, to a normal weight, and back to a nearly healthy condition. She was ready for a permanent home.


She found the perfect home with Anne and Michael. When the couple adopted Molly, they found a bigger purpose for her. They noticed how “at ease” people became just by being around the calming influence of Molly.


They immediately put her in therapy dog training. She excelled. It was as if Molly finally found her purpose in life. She had a calling.


Today, the dog that survived neglect, abuse and cancer, has come back to tell the tale. Molly is now a certified therapy dog to cancer patients. Molly visits hospitals, memory care facilities, hospices, children’s reading programs and she even works with vets. If nothing else, Molly is an inspiration to love life and to give back whenever you can.


To learn more you can follow Southern California Labrador Retriever Rescue on Facebook and donate via their website to help save more dogs like Molly.

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The Fifth Column

I love this young lady’s tenacity…

The Raw Story

A man arrested in Miami last Thursday who confessed to the killing of a New York restaurant owner 26 years ago was caught thanks to the persistence of a daughter who never forgot the man’s name.

Justo Santos was just 16 years old when he shot New York restaurant owner Jose Martinez in the chest in front of his eatery in 1986, according to CNN. He fled the country for the Dominican Republic and was subsequently imprisoned for a year on an unrelated crime. It was during that time the NYPD improperly closed the case on Martinez’s killing.

Joselyn Martinez was just 9 years old when her father was shot and killed, and her family told her to never forget the killer’s name. She didn’t, and about a year ago Martinez began searching online for Santos, starting with background checks…

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