Traverse City Record-Eagle

December 23, 2012

Letters to the Editor: 12/23/2012


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Draw your conclusions

The following states are right to work states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Wyoming.

Over the last three years, of these 23 states, 17 are in the bottom 25 states when it comes to home median incomes. Draw your own conclusions on right to work. I think that we have just had a glimpse into the black hearts of the Michigan legislators and Gov. Snyder.

Edward Jarvis


Need exceptional ideas

Why is it that we are so afraid of engaging with the rest of the world? Do we think we are the only people who want peace, who want civil rights, who want a better way of life? Are we afraid to talk to other nations and to work together to bring about a better world for all? It certainly seems so when our own legislators refuse to consider anything predicated on United Nations action.

In my view, the United States does not have to be an "exceptional" nation, only a country with exceptional ideas that will lead to a better understanding of other nations and a willingness to listen and respect the rights and ideas of others. As John F. Kennedy said, "Never have nations of the world had so much to lose or so much to gain. Together we shall save our planet or together we shall perish in its flames."

I vote in favor of saving our planet.

Lou Ann McKimmy

Rapid City

Not paying attention

Those school officials who complain that legislators "failed to seek proper input" before enacting a right-to-work law mustn't be paying attention to events out here in the real world.

Let's enlighten them: On Nov. 6, voters provided all the input they needed by overwhelmingly rejecting Proposition 2, labor's attempt to enshrine the union shop in the state constitution.

If that isn't enough, the Record-Eagle might remind the school officials that in their own home districts, Prop. 2 was rejected 2-1 by the same voters who elected the legislators who approved the law.

Clear enough?

Graydon DeCamp

Elk Rapids

Should attract members

As a former Ford/UAW member, I can say with all honesty the Michigan right to work law will be good for the state.

I was told very early in my Ford tenure "not to work so hard, you'll make the rest of us look bad."

This was counter to all I had been taught about working hard for the pay I received.

I thank God I went on to be my own boss. Unions do have a place in our country.

But, at this point in time, it seems they are only self-serving.

So, if my public school education is any good then if the unions really have something to offer potential employees, they should have no trouble attracting members.

Fred Stoye

Traverse City

A life-or-death issue

Comprehensive nationwide handgun legislation is not a Second Amendment issue.

It is not a partisan issue. It is not a political issue. It is not a discussion issue. It is not a two-sided issue. It is not a debate. It is not a controversy. It is not a states-right issue. It is not a right/left issue. It is not a hunting issue. It is not a self-defense issue. It is not a city issue. It is not a rural issue. It is not a red state issue, and it is not a blue state issue.

Comprehensive nationwide handgun legislation is life-or-death for our children.

Warren M. Call

Traverse City

SS fund is solvent

I would like to point out that Social Security should never be mentioned in any discussion of the so called "fiscal cliff." Social Security is a self-funded trust fund, and by law does not add to the deficit. It is not a driver of long-term debt.

Actions such as raising the eligibility age, or cutting benefits negatively impact seniors, but do absolutely nothing to decrease the deficit.

Regarding discussions of solvency, the trust fund is solvent. With no changes, Social Security will able to pay out full benefits until 2033.

At that time, it would still be able to pay out 75 percent of benefits.

A simple adjustment to maintain full benefits would be to raise or lift the payroll tax cap. Don't believe anyone that says we need to cut Social Security.

Barbara Smith


Get out of the way

Think ahead and go to work. The question begging to be answered is why aren't politicians doing that? Boys! We have big problems heading our way. They will be really apparent in 2020 to 2030.

Deteriorating things like infrastructure, electric grids, schools, and that's not even mentioning our ability to influence and dominate as a world power or climate change.

What we don't need is your huge egos and your obsession with distracting us with issues that don't matter. Who will you blame in 2020? Sorry, but your testosterone is showing.

So leave your egos at the door and get busy doing what you're hired to do ... or get out of the way for someone who will.

Melissa Culver

Rapid City

Will voters swallow it?

So now we are a "right to work" state. Gov. Snyder has stated that one of his primary reasons to sign the bill was to provide the worker with the freedom of choice in joining a union.

As I see it, those choices are to be an honorable contributor to a service provided or to be a dishonorable freeloader. A study recently quoted in a Free Press column stated that if given a choice in the matter 23 percent of workers would opt not to join a union. There are probably better ways to foment animosity and disrupt the cohesion of a work force, but none comes to mind right now. The Legislature was well aware of this potential for morale disruption when it exempted the police and fire department unions from the provisions of the legislation.

Freedom of choice — do the governor and the legislators really think that the voting public will swallow this bogus rationale? I sincerely hope not.

William C. Holland

Elk Rapids