Macon businesses talk politics

Macon businesses talk politics at work

With a heated election underway, you may find yourself taking part in- or avoiding- talking politics at work.

Robins Air Force Base Colonel Jeff King posted an article online, writing:

"...while you exercise your right to free speech in the workplace, I ask that you be mindful of those around you."

He warned base employees to avoid political arguments that could become "divisive and corrosive."

Madison Cavalchire wanted to know, what practices do Macon businesses have when it comes to discussing politics in the workplace?

When it comes to serving up political thought, Doughboy Pizza employee, Donovan James, says their policy is open table.

"Just today, we were talking about the pipeline and the gas prices going up and how it affects the economy, especially locally, here," James says.

Donovan James says, even topics like the presidential election, stay on the menu. He says a co-worker's perspective actually changed his mind.

"At first, I was leaning towards Libertarian Gary Johnson, but I'm more open to looking at both candidates now, and looking at the things they do," James says.

Over at Spud Dogs, Owner Scott Long says, he keeps his business neutral.

"When it comes to the political environment, we really don't get too involved, because we just want people to be able to clock-out from everything when they're here," Long says.

Long says, he doesn't allow either political party to campaign in his restaurant.

"I had one person get a little too loud about a political opinion, and I even had to ask him to quiet down a little bit," Long says.

The Creek Radio Station's Anthony Ennis says they keep it all on-air.

"We discuss everything from local politics, to national politics, on air," Ennis says.

Station host, Charlie Davis, says talking openly can make you a better person.

"Just being able to listen to a different point of view and not get into a huge knockdown, dragged out, argument about it," Davis says.

Colonel King's letter doesn't explain why he wrote to the Robins staff about the topic. Robins staff members said the Colonel was too busy to comment.


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