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January 3, 2013

Letters to the Editor: 01/03/2013

Ignores the facts

Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools Superintendent Buell's reason for denying the singing of the Jewish song "Festival of Lights" because the Christmas Festival is "Christ-focused" ignores the fact that Christ was born a Jew and not a Catholic.

Jim Watson

Northport

Brings a tear

I am a hunter and own both rifles and shotguns. At one time I was a member if the National Rifle Association.

No longer. I've never heard a duck hunter complain about a three-shell restriction, yet now the NRA is in favor of no limits on 100-round clips for rifles and armor piercing shells. What kind of deer are they after?

And what are the distinguished members from Northern Michigan doing in Lansing? Passing legislation to allow guns in churches and schools and also ensuring that we can compete with Louisiana and Mississippi for low-wage honors through "Right To Work" law.

And our U.S. Congress members? Their concern with our spending problems had them approve a few billion dollars for oil subsidies while voicing outrage over "gifts" to PBS and food stamps.

Representation like this brings a tear to the eye. I weep.

Richard Haan

Honor

Sad day for labor

Is Sunday columnist George Weeks blaming the victims? Weeks writes that Gov. Snyder warned the unions not to put an initiative on the ballot that would ensure union shops and collective bargaining in Michigan.

Weeks implies that it is really the unions' fault that we now have "right to work" laws in Michigan since they did not take the governor's advice.

In talking with the unions I doubt that Snyder promised that he would veto any "right to work" bill that came to his desk, though he could have offered that if he was against the idea and really wanted them to follow his advice.

Testifying before Congress he said "right to work" laws were controversial and that he did not think Michigan needed that now.

So, although Weeks said in his column that signing the bills was not a smart move by the governor, he later appears to be blaming the victims, the workers and their unions. Nor does fairness to workers seem to be part of the governor's DNA. A sad day for Michigan's proud labor traditions.

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