Twinkies and unions
I suggest the Twinkies debacle is a sufficiently clear demonstration of what is wrong with requiring all workers to be union members. I shouldn’t even have to mention the U.S. auto industry, which is struggling to stay competitive with the foreign companies, all of which operate here in right-to-work states.
Now it is time to get Wisconsin on the right side of the economic system. We have been wrong long enough and lost many thousands of jobs over decades because we refuse to recognize the problems created by requiring all workers to be union members.
To make my position clear, I am not against unions. I was a Teamster from 1945-47 here in Wisconsin before joining the U.S. Army. The problem is that making unions mandatory gives their leaders excessive power and takes it away from the members. When membership is voluntary, the members have greater power to influence their leader’s actions and intentions. They get that with the option of leaving the union or not paying dues. This influences the union leaders to pay more attention to the desires and needs of the members and less to their own ideas and wants.
I see the recent recall victory by Gov. Walker as evidence that there are many union members who do not believe politically as their union leaders do or the predominantly union voters in Wisconsin would have voted with their leaders and Gov. Walker would be gone.
The 2013 Budget Proposal and discussions have at times been disturbing. To even put forward a budget that leaves our fire chief no options other than to close a station is irresponsible. The proposed cuts to our Fire Department, Community Centers and, yes, once again streetlights is unacceptable. I do believe a comprehensive review of the city’s “Streetlight Plan” is important, but much more important is that the needs and concerns of the citizens and taxpayers of Racine be addressed.
We are very concerned about increased crime, safety of our homes, families and streets. We are ever mindful of plummeting property values and increased insurance rates. The way last year’s streetlight eliminations were handled was downright disrespectful to the citizens and taxpayers of this city. You have a light near your house for 25 years, come home from work and it’s gone. I ask that we not repeat the mistakes of the past. We don’t want our tax dollars wasted on some abandoned industrial site, pulsating colored lights or marble bathrooms. Our city officials must choose. Choose to follow the old paths that lead to fear, anger, division and distrust. Or embark on a new course that embraces open communication, cooperation, mutual respect and trust. I choose the latter. How say you?
Karl J. Fuller
Thanks for nothing
I must agree with the letter to the editor from Marnie Deschler (Journal Times, Nov. 20).
We must wear seat belts but are there seat belts on school buses? Just like motorcycle helmets it should be our choice. However, it’s not our safety they are concerned about but more like making money off people who don’t ($10 a ticket).
I recently got a ride to the emergency room as I was in severe pulmonary distress and we were pulled over for not wearing seatbelts. More worried about writing a ticket than someone in medical distress. The officer should have taken a humanitarian choice and given us a police escort to the emergency room whether that is their job or not — it would have been the right thing to do. As I recall, a police escort was given to an extremely intoxicated man as he drove his electric wheelchair home — that took two police cars.
What happened to serve and protect?
I could have, and almost did, stop breathing on the way to the emergency room, and the family member driving me even told the officer we were on our way to the emergency room and saw I was in distress, but for $10 he prolonged our emergency (which by the way caused me to be admitted to the hospital as I could not breathe on my own). So, Racine Police Department, thanks for nothing and by the way, would you pay for my hospital stay?
Dinner at Festival Hall
What a delightful experience to have Thanksgiving dinner at Festival Hall.
There were so many friendly people volunteering their time to serve as greeters, servers, waiters, etc.
It was a joy to see how it all went so effortlessly. It took great effort and planning to organize such a tremendous event.
Cheryl McCrary and the Heir-Born Praise Band entertained while we were there. A magician added to the fun and even a large turkey roamed the area.
Many thanks to Danny and Ray for sponsoring this fine event. A big thank you to all the businesses and individuals who also contributed.
It was another huge success.