Traverse City Record-Eagle

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December 23, 2012

Letters to the Editor: 12/23/2012

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

Cadillac

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?

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