Along with a couple hundred other cities, our community had a big rally for fast-food workers Dec. 5. About 75 people stood on a corner outside a McDonald's in bitter cold, waving signs, chanting and cheering at passing cars, Santa came with his naughty list (hint: McDonald's was on it), and we even tried to go inside the store to deliver the good news that low-wage jobs need not be so miserable if we all stand together and fight for justice (a couple of suits who claimed to be security blocked the doorways). Media coverage was pretty good, and a good time was had by all.
However, a handful of detractors seemed to think that fast-food workers should just get a better job if the pay is so bad. Well, there's a simple answer to that. (More on the more complex answer another time.)