16 Proposals to expandprotections for guestworkersinclude one provision to bar employersfromretaliatingwhen
the workersprotest and anotherthatwould let them sue in federalcourtovercontractviolations.
(A)To expelguestworkers, it is proposedthat new laws be made so the employers can cancelcontractswithguestworkers if theyprotest.
(B)Legalprovisions are proposed to protectguestworkers, whichwouldallowworkers to protest and to sue
(C)The proposed new provisionswillallow the employers to retaliate in case of protest or contractviolations by
(D)With the addedprovisions, guestworkers can bringemployers to justice if they are fired.
A doctorfriend of ours, when she’s given to philosophizingabout the art of diagnosis, has a favoritesaying: “If
what you see are hoofprints, don’t go looking for zebras.” That’s her homespunversion of the thingphilosopherscallOccam’s Razor: that the simplestexplanationought to prevail.
But reallifedoesn’t always hew to the wisdom of philosophers. As we in Dodgevillediscoveredwhen a
footloosekangarooturned up in our midst.
Now, kangaroosightings are to Wisconsinwhatsightings of Bigfoot are to the PacificNorthwest: morelikely to
be reportedthanconfirmed. Back in the 1970s, there was a spate of sightingsaround the Milwaukeesuburb of
Wauwatosa. And anotherrash a few yearsearlier in MenomoneeFalls.
And so, on the morning of January 5, when a longtimeresidentcalledinto our localsheriff’s office to report a
kangaroo on the loose on her property, SheriffSteveMichek had the predictablereaction: “There’s gotta be a simpleexplanation.”
The day of the sighting, a snowfallexpected to reachseven-to-nineinches had begundescendingoverDodgeville. SheriffSteve got his firstglimpse of the creaturethrough a swirl of dancingsnowflakes. There he
stood—big as life—with a fluffy cap of the whitestuffimprobablydusting his back and shoulders.
SheriffStevesays his own reactioncould be summed up in two words: “Holysmoke!” Except, he sayswithembarrassment, he didn’t say the word “smoke.”
Oncebackuparrived, Steve and the deputiessprangintoaction. SheriffSteve: “We formed a perimeter.” With a
little bit of coaxing (and a bribe of apples), the renegade was luredinto a barn on the property and quietlysettleddown in a tidy box stall.
Officialsfrom the HenryVilas Zoo in nearbyMadisonwerecontacted and the fugitivetakenintocustody. The
zoo folkshavesincespeculatedthat our unlikelyvisitor is mostlikelysomebody’s rogueexotic pet.
Thatwould, after all, be the simpleexplanation.
Whichbrings us round to the moral of our story: nexttime you discoversomecuriouscrittertracksoutsideyourgardenwindow—don’t rule out the zebras.
Or the kangaroos.