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Letters to the Editor 8/27

August 25, 2000|By Todd R. Cordell

Letters to the Editor 8/27



Unions unneeded in the year 2000? Think again, sir



To the editor:

This letter is in response to the article in Saturday August 12 paper entitled "Unions no longer needed."

First and foremost a little education is called for. If it were not for the unions and the continued existence of unions there would be no middle class as we know it, period.

The unions are not the only contributing factor in the forming of and the continuation of the middle class but there is no doubt that there is a direct correlation when unionism is on a downswing so is the middle class.

The writer of the article certainly leaves no doubt that he is anti-union. Which means that he is anti-middle class and would like to see the return of the two-class system - the haves and the have-not s. As long as the world's oldest fault exists (greed), we will always need unions.

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Mr. Buechling why don't you ask yourself, why does Verizon need, have and want 30,000 management staff to over see 85,000 workers? That is more than one manager for every three employees.

At manager's salaries, Verizon could hire 45,000 more workers so then the current employees would not have to work 60 to 70 hours a week and be away from their families in order to provide the service that customers like you expect.

Unions are not greedy, they just want their cut of the pie, with decent working conditions and to be treated with dignity and respect, not like slaves or underlings.

My wife works at a non-union place of employment and it shows. She used to have fully paid medical benefits for her and her family, now she has to contribute just for her own insurance plan. She use to have nine paid holidays, now she has six.

She used to be treated with dignity and respect in her workplace, now she is treated like a third- class citizen.

Call me and I can answer your questions about whether unions are still necessary in today's world.

Michael W. Seibert

Human Rights Officer

U.W.U.A. Local 102-S. AFL-CIO

Hagerstown




Bring back music to local schools!



To the editor:

The Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corp from Denver, Colo. spent this week at Boonsboro High School getting ready for its final competition at the University of Maryland.

I'm sorry more people didn't know about it. I just watched a run through of their show and it was wonderful. It was one of those experiences that makes chills go up your back. I wish the Washington County Board of Education had been invited to watch - maybe a light bulb would have gone off in their heads that music in the schools is just as important, if not more, than sports.

These are young people from all over the world who are on the road from May 30 until final competition August 12. It was amazing the discipline and cooperation that these young people had, to work together to make something beautiful.

Wake up! Bring back the music to the elementary schools, so our children get the benefits music brings to their lives while they are young, so they'll continue to reap the benefits all their lives.

Pat Kline

Boonsboro




Traffic lights are one awful mess



To the editor:

The traffic lights at Dual Highway and Eastern Boulevard are horrendous. They are exceeded only by the intersection of Dual Highway and Edgewood Drive. Traffic going eastbound is backed up to Twigg's Cycle Center. The traffic headed west bound is backed up to the Nazarene Church. Surely in our day of Internet, cell phone, optic fiber and other high tech solutions, we should be able to set traffic lights that will keep traffic moving.

Apparently this is not the case. It seems as though someone with an I.Q. a little higher than a rock could resolve this problem. Come on State of Maryland D.O.T., let's get on the ball. Do something constructive and unbottle these bottlenecks. Let's not perpetuate bad judgment, you can change it.

Ronnie Jeter

Hagerstown




Retired feds' prez hasn't any right to an apology



To the editor:

I will respond to the letter from Charlene L. Cohen, president, Maryland NARFE, by first saying that political cartoons such as, Mallard Fillmore and Doonesbury are not intended to be amusing. The authors are merely using their characters as a means of conveying a message.

Cohen has no right to demand an apology from your newspaper. Assuming your regular contributing columnists write nothing obscene, I expect you to publish their opinions without regard as to whether anyone would be offended.

Cohen also erroneously defined postal workers, engineers, scientists and astronauts as bureaucrats. I would define a bureaucrat as an unelected government official or policymaker.

Concerning Cohen's claim that government workers make a major contribution to the citizens' quality of life; rest assured, workers in the private sector - farmers, carpenters, truck drivers, construction workers, garbage collectors, dishwashers in her favorite restaurant - all deliver a far larger contribution to our quality of life. In addition, these people pay the taxes that pay the salaries of our esteemed bureaucrats.

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