Jim Hopper, the Kirk Gibson-looking sheriff from the television show “Stranger Things,” breaks down the unfamiliar concept for socially isolated character named Eleven.
The child, unable to go outside because sinister agents would find, capture and kill her, asks to go trick-or-treating in costume. Hopper, her caretaker, offers up a home-style binge of candy and scary movies instead.
“C-O-M promise,” he spells it. “... It’s like something in-between. It’s like halfway happy.”
They agree. Hopper doesn’t worry about Eleven; Eleven gets candy and quality time.
Compromise seems to be a stranger thing in these days of entrenched argument. Just look at any policy. Or Brexit, for example.
The operating mode of the day is to forgo compromise as weakness, and instead tackle problems like the king cobra and reticulated python. These two powerful snakes fought with everything each had, the cobra using its toxic venom, the python its strangling strength — and both died, twisted around each other.
But the beauty of compromise still shines in the art of negotiation and collective bargaining.
A three-year contract between Munson Medical Center and its 1,100 nurses was ratified this weekend, after 15 months of bargaining.
More than 25 agreements were reached in the negotiation process, according to bargaining session updates posted by Munson and the Michigan Nurses Association.
Some of the agreements included regulations for the use of mandatory overtime; seniority; language to avoid strikes and lockouts during the term of the contract; paid time off and long-term sick leave; scheduling; and wages.
Both parties said they were happy, and that being able to work out a good contract results in better patient care.
We agree. We commend the effort and that both sides see this first agreement as satisfactory.
That, in itself, is a win.