Friday, August 27, 2010


Chances are that, like me, you've never heard of Adam Wagner until today. His story is not-at-all uncommon, the kind of thing that tends to happen during tough economic times but can break your heart nevertheless. Adam served two tours of duty in Iraq and returned home only to be told by his employer, Commercial Construction Consulting, Inc. -- a building engineering and construction company in Massachusetts -- that his job is no longer available. His parents were so outraged that they posted their son's story on the back of a truck and have been driving it around New England encouraging people who see it to express their opinion by either calling his old boss, James Kirby, at 617-330-9390, or sending him an e-mail at I saw the sign this afternoon while driving around Plainville, Massachusetts with my sister and brother-in-law, and couldn't resist calling Mr. Kirby right away. Kirby's company, better known as C-3 (pronounced C-Cubed), prides itself on the fact that "the vast majority of (its) employees have a long tenure, and virtually all of the senior staff have been with the company over ten years." It would appear, however, that they draw the line when one of their own chooses to serve our country. For the record, I did try to get C-3's side of the story but only succeeded in getting Mr. Kirby's voicemail. I encourage you to give it a try, too. And if you're out there, Mr. Kirby, please feel free to chime-in, let us know if there is more to this story than meets the eye. Otherwise, shame on you.