Commentary: A visit from St. Furlough

Modesto BeeDecember 30, 2009 

Twas the week after Christmas,

And all through the town,

A city or county official

Could hardly be found.

The "closed" sign was hung

On Tenth Street with care,

In hopes the next budget

Would be easier to bear.

The employees were furloughed

To help with expenses,

But visions of more layoffs

Wreaked havoc with their senses.

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