Public unions have responsibility for our budgetary mega-crisis
In his March 8 Coastal Voices piece, "Don't blame public workers," Mr. Barry Wendell zooms in on Karen Brooks, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and the Tea Party as singling out labor unions for the balancing of current budgetary meltdowns. His solution to that impending disaster is the time-worn mantra of liberalism: Tax the rich.
Positing the position of defender of the common-man, big-labor union bosses and their minions have called out their militia to defend their bastion of ensconced power. Caught between the proverbial rock and a hard place, union workers find themselves on the tip of a dilemma: whether to side with a few emergent leaders with courage who ultimately rely on the support of the Tea Party Movement in reining in the escalation of rampant union demands, or to kow-tow to cigar-chomping Big Labor bosses on whom they rely for sustenance.
Mr. Wendell seems unable or unwilling to see public labor unions as
having responsibility in this budgetary mega-crisis. Instead he cites
eight local public service agencies, each of which is represented by a
bargaining unit. To that he adds seniors on Social Security and Medicare
and a projected figure of 18 percent who live in poverty in our county
and concludes that we have an overwhelming government dependence.
Indeed! Isn't that the whole point? Dependence on government to solve
all our problems? So continuing the status quo is the way to go? I don't
Mr. Wendell's efforts to offer solutions to the problem of run-away
budgets and "fixes"(which don't fix) are most welcome and encouraging as
they reflect an essential process of individual responsibility, which
are the cornerstones of our republic's functioning. However, cliches and
status quo thinking will no longer suffice. Remember, union members,
while your organization painfully extracts its "pound of flesh" from us
unrepresented public employers, you will also be stuck with the
inevitable tax increases.
I found Mr. Wendell's definition of "real patriotism" most chilling: a
premier education free to all, subsidized housing and food, free public
transportation and services to the elderly, to name a few. Utopia
awaits us all. I believe the communist manifesto lists these and more.
In reviewing my copy of the Constitution I cannot find anywhere
within it the concept of such government beneficence. All I see is a
guarantee of my opportunity to struggle to achieve those goals.
Dale L. Bohling
Soft copy of Triplicate tsunami coverage would be valuable
For posterity's sake and to pass on to our friends andv relatives,
the Tuesday tsunami coverage, including news articles and photos, Gopher
Gulch, Editor's Note, both Coastal Voices and letters to the editor
would make a truly valuable soft copy.
Think of what our teachers could do with such a priceless and
personal piece of history now and in years to come.
Arlene A. Knecht
'We Hear You America' voting contest could bring needed help
On March 11, I awoke to news that Crescent City, a place I once
called home, was being evacuated due to a tsunami warning. Immediately, I
began contacting family and friends in the area to make sure they were
Then I turned to Facebook and Twitter. While the news coverage was
thorough where I live in Sacramento, local TV stations were tasked with
covering the entire West Coast that day. Posts from friends and family
were the most up-to-date and kept me informed throughout the weekend.
Earlier this week, I started to see Facebook posts linking to the
Reader's Digest "We Hear You America" contest. Cities across the nation
have entered to win cash prizes including a first place prize of
Last I checked, Crescent City is currently ranked No. 8 and climbing
steadily toward No. 7. By now, people across the nation have seen the
video footage and photos of Crescent City's harbor destroyed and a
fishing community devastated. The extent of the damage is significant
and the "We Hear You America" contest is one small way people can help.
I'd like to urge Triplicate readers to:
Go to wehearyouamerica.readersdigest.com, and sign up using your
email address. Type in 95531 or Crescent City, CA. Press the "Cheer!"
button 10 times. Vote daily through May 16.
In addition to voting regularly during the contest, people are
encouraged to share the page with friends, family and co-workers. The
website has links allowing you to share the information through
Facebook, Twitter and email, which makes it incredibly easy to spread
I think we can all agree that much larger tragedies have come out of
recent events and we continue to see reports of more and more
devastation in Japan every day. As we keep Japan in our thoughts and
offer up resources to the greater cause, let's also use the "We Hear You
America" contest as a way to help a community close to home.
How will you feel if GOP cuts coastal emergency funding?
The recent disaster at Crescent City Harbor should remind us all that
there are important functions which only government can provide. All
the politicos - including Republican Doug LaMalfa - are promising to
bring in government assistance to fix the harbor.
But wait: The Republicans are trying to cut $30 million for "flood
control and coastal emergencies" from the current year's federal budget.
How will you feel if they are successful and that results in no
assistance to our harbor?
Everyone likes budget cuts except when it affects the safety net on
which they rely. More Americans every day are realizing that the
Republicans are going after funding that provides important government
services. Sooner or later they will get to something that is important
to you; perhaps they already have! Think about that next time you fill
out an election ballot.
If the filthy rich just paid their fair share, there would not be a
Public unions shouldn't be able to strike or bargain collectively
Not surprised at the utter lack of any left-wing media condemnation
of the day and night union thuggery we saw in Madison, Wis., and around
the country. Wasn't it President Obama himself who asked us to be civil
in our political discourse?
Yet when union thugs rough up Fox employees, "act out" like spoiled
children, and hold a mob sit-in at the Wisconsin Capitol, Obama actually
cheers them on. In fact, under his benign gaze, unions, raucous
far-left organizations, and their brainwashed student shock troops, have
nearly shut down Wisconsin government.
Even FDR and labor biggie George Meany warned against allowing public
employees to join unions. And now we can see the wisdom of their
thinking and the stupidity of the American president who let it happen.
By the way, this union and student tantrum remind me of the 1960s,
and I can just imagine the giddiness of some in the older collegiate
fraternity, I mean those who cherish the notion that it's "flower
children" time again. So much, too, for the hypocrisy of the Democrats'
mantra of liberal "tolerance." Has anyone seen tolerance, except for the
Seems to me, we need to accomplish these two things in this country
to get off this slippery road we're skidding down: forbid public
employee unions to strike and collectively bargain, and also to end the
practice of political correctness in the United States. Political
correctness has shredded our common sense.
We must do this soon before we become just another Third World