It's an argument as contentious as any other in recent memory.
No, I'm not talking about health care reform, "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," or whether or not the Broadway production of Spiderman should be halted.
Is it just me or is the week between Christmas and New Year's claimed as both the most AND least productive work week of the year?
You can decide for yourself on which side of the divide you fall but here's what some local folks had to say on the matter.
For my pal Tony Marshall, a Liberty native, it's a no-brainer answer.
"Oh, it's a great week. I don't care about productivity for those five days and totally leave work behind so that I can concentrate on my family," he said.
"The rest of the year seems so busy with work that I feel that time is really needed to focus on my wife and children," said Tony assuredly.
Good for you, Tony.
Then again, some others use the time to catch up on pesky duties that don't seem to get done around the house and office at other times of the year.
"While I have the kids at home, I have them clean out their closets for clothes and shoes that no longer fit; especially because they've just gotten a new wardrobe over Christmas!" laughed Annie Blackson of Malvo.
Blackson said she also takes advantage of having her two sons and two daughters home from school for more than a week by having each of them take a room of the house to spring clean. And, anticipating my question, she quipped, "They don't give me any lip because they know it's the main determinant of whether or not they will receive an annual increase in their allowances."
Well, I guess there's incentive for not turning her in for violation of child labor laws. Not to mention that she's off a few seasons on that spring clean, but hmm nonetheless.
My pal Lisa Geiger of Stark County said she uses the week to play a much-needed game of catch-up at work.
"Oh, it's just so nice and quiet because so many people take the week as vacation that it allows me to get so much work done without interruption. I swear I get more done in that one week than I do in any other given month of the year!" she said.
Then there are those of us who try to find that happy medium. I'm not the slave-driver Annie seems to be but, like Lisa, I would like to try to make a dent in my ever-increasing office in box.
So (don't tell him, by the way), I'm going to have my son Kyle come into the office with me one day next week so that: a) we can spend the day together and b) he can work on my seven-foot-tall stack of "To be filed" documents while I focus on a few projects that I cannot complete any other time of the year between ringing phones, meetings and colleague drop-by visits.
OK, OK, I'll probably buy him some new minutes for his cell phone if he does it willingly.
Either way, happy last week of 2010, all!
Kimerer is a Tribune Chronicle columnist. Contact her at email@example.com.