We paid for benefits
The Republicans who voted for the right to work law are not old enough to know what it was like. Back in the '30s there was a right to work. I was just a kid, but I remember if you had a job with starvation wages and poor working conditions, that is what brought on the unions and the country started to get better. This new law may bring in more jobs, but at a lower wage and no benefits. The only people this benefits is the wealthy.
Everybody will be working more and paid less. The only thing it does is to try to break the unions. We paid our dues for these benefits. Why should somebody have a free ride?
Jerry R. Cervenka
Duplicity and arrogance
Well now we see how closely our self-described "nerd" governor learned the lessons of duplicity and arrogance. For two years Rick Snyder told all who would listen that right to work laws and restrictions on women's reproductive rights were not part of his agenda and he had no interest in seeing legislation about them on his desk to sign.
We as a state voted down making collective bargaining rights part of the state constitution and presto, the lame-duck Legislature rams through a right-to-work bill. The governor says, "why I of course would sign it." Within 48 hours there are slickly produced ads on television speaking of "the freedom to work," exactly the same phrase used by Snyder.
Next on the agenda, the move against a woman's right to control her own biology. The tyrants of the past must be very proud of Snyder and his henchmen.
Stand up to leadership
Many things that people enjoy require some control. Putting speed limits and traffic signs on roads did not result in the death of the automobile industry. We still drive and it's quite safe. I am a wine maker. I drink alcohol and promote the sale of wine, but I do appreciate the need for controls.
For the National Rifle Association to consider any regulation on guns to be a "chink in the armor" is absurd. I believe that the fastest way to lose all rights is to resist any attempt at logical compromise. I want to believe that the vast majority of NRA members are logical, thinking individuals who realize that there is absolutely zero need for anyone to own an assault weapon of any kind. I've been told that it's "fun to shoot such a gun." I've also been told that it's fun to drive a car 150 mph, but we don't allow it as it is dangerous for the driver and those around them.
The same should be the case for semi-automatic weapons. Stop the madness. Please, all thoughtful NRA members, stand up to your leadership and encourage the banning of all semi- automatic assault weapons.
Find the courage
I understand that hunting is an important and profitable part of the culture of northern Michigan. But I would hope that even those seasonal hunters would agree that private citizens should not legally own assault weapons. If a hunter requires a semi-automatic rifle that fires a 30-round clip in the blink of an eye, that person is not a skilled hunter.
It is 2012, well into a new century. We have grocery stores. This blood sport is anachronistic now. I always thought that the hunted should be equally armed, just to make it a level playing field. Assault weapons were designed to be used in war, not for a young private citizen to use to slaughter 20 first-graders. I hope this latest tragedy prompts our representatives in Washington to climb out of the pockets of the National Rifle Association and other pro-gun special interests and find the courage to do the right thing.
We paid for benefits
Editorial: Housing Commission overdoes cuts in reaction to sequester
It’s not often a local government faces criticism for being too conservative with public money or going too far in limiting spending.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 03/12/2014
An impressive group; Opposed to Air Walk; Best-kept secret.Continued ...
Another View: Real-world changes for admission test
In the realm of education, the Scholastic Aptitude Test has something of a make-or-break reputation.Continued ...
Editor's note: Opinion poll
To our readers: Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau will no longer produce the daily cartoon that has been a fixture on the Record-Eagle’s Opinion page for many years.Continued ...
Editorial: Plan to power Northport with sun, wind worth try
It’s one thing to debate the merits of renewable energy like wind and solar power. But it’s rare to see the concept put to a real-world test like the one planned for Northport.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 03/11/2014
Allow us to be proud.Continued ...
Another View: Industry support of e-cigs deserves skepticism
The sellers of addictive substances will try to convince you otherwise, but they’re in the business of getting people hooked on their products.Continued ...
- Monday, March 10, 2014
To child care providers across the region who have scrambled to take in children for the day when area school districts have closed because of bad winter weather.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 03/10/2014
Not a good example; Expect minimal help.Continued ...
- Sunday, March 9, 2014
Editorial: Years of effort, commitment created Sleeping Bear plan
Back in 2002 the National Park Service decided that about half of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore needed additional protection against development, vehicle traffic and commercial activity.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 03/09/2014
Protect our minds; Recognize the effort.Continued ...
Forum: A better formula for school reform
Over the past generation, school reform has been predicated on the notion that accountability to student performance on standardized tests would drive improvement.Continued ...
Jack Lessenberry: Why government doesn't work anymore
Want two glaring examples of why many liberals - as well as conservatives - think government doesn’t work anymore?Continued ...
- Saturday, March 8, 2014
Letters to the Editor: 03/08/2014
Assumptions improvable.Continued ...
Another View: Russia’s preferred isolation
Russia’s occupation of the Crimean Peninsula is part of a futile effort to reverse history.Continued ...
Another View: Tax reform proposal sounds good, but may lack support
If there’s one thing that Democrats and Republicans in Washington agree on, it’s that America needs a simpler tax code.Continued ...
Fact Check: Americans in 'deep poverty' hits record
Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives recently released a study that critiqued the current mix of federal anti-poverty programs and suggested a new way forward.Continued ...
Fact Check: Hagel says Congress responsible for defense cuts
President Barack Obama (has) released his proposed budget for fiscal year 2015 ... One point of contention is that the budget he proposed will reduce the army to its smallest size since 1940.Continued ...
- Friday, March 7, 2014
Editorial: Beach testing grant exposes state's lack of commitment
The issue: GT Band to fund beach testing program for 2014. Our view: Grant points up state's failure to act.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 03/07/2014
Where was Snyder?; Time to fight back.Continued ...
Another View: 'Giant' ancient virus raises concerns
In the 1951 science fiction classic “The Thing from Another World,” a spacecraft crashes in the arctic. A group of humans investigates and discovers an alien buried in ice. Once thawed, the alien poses a threat to the humans, who eventually destroy it.Continued ...
- Thursday, March 6, 2014
Editorial: County board must codify what counts as per diem
The issue: GT board can’t agree on per diem payments. Our view: It’s another case of a flawed policy.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 03/06/2014
Reasons to be happy.Continued ...
Forum: Return to local control
What happens within a prison population when prisoners convicted of violent crimes are mixed in with inmates incarcerated for non-violent crimes?Continued ...
Phil Power: Dingell's professionalism will be missed
Maybe the best way to understand how John Dingell survived and prospered over what will be a record-breaking 59 years in the U.S. House of Representatives is to go back to the summer of 2002.Continued ...
- Editorial: Housing Commission overdoes cuts in reaction to sequester