Free Speech 3/8/11

Dear Mr. Luedtke
When Mark Luedtke buys into a theory or idea (some of them bordering on crackpot), he ignores any fact or evidence that contradicts his ideas. Concerning his article on Arthur deVany’s “New Evolution Diet” he should read the review of it by Chris Masterjohn.

– Reid McFarland
Dayton, Ohio

[RE: “Are you smarter than a caveman?” 2/23/11]

Downtown lover
It’s true! I live downtown and have for six years. It is as safe as our home in Oakwood was!
– Karla Hollencamp

Unions debate
This letter is in response to the articles covering the protests by the Ohio Civil Service Employees Association (OCSEA)/American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) against the attempt by Governor John Kasich and the legislature to eliminate collective bargaining.

Public employee collective bargaining is defined as a good-faith process between management (Ohio Governor John Kasich) and a public employee union (OCSEA / AFSCME) representing its employees. The two parties negotiate wages, working hours, working conditions, et cetera. It benefits both parties because the governor is able to negotiate with one set of people and it gives the state employees’ union bargaining-power. Collective bargaining is the quintessential idea upon which the state union system is based.

The keyword here is “good-faith” and it appears to have been breached. Evidently it wasn’t good enough for the union to agree to so many concessions that already affect the quality of life for thousands of employees and their families.

Now the governor and legislature want to take things a step further. Kasich was quoted as saying, “If lawmakers don’t dismantle public employees collective bargaining then I will.”  Is this really the only solution? Has the Governor/Legislature considered all the ways and means of reducing government waste before destroying the very critical role collective bargaining has played for so many years? How about increasing the payroll tax on certain Ohio professional sports teams? After all they sure put out a great product or service that benefits us all.

It’s easy to make decisions affecting other people’s lives when those decisions do not affect your livelihood -something that is shared by the private sector as well. Why must the employees continue to be punished for the mistakes of government/corporate leadership (or lack thereof)?  When will these “leaders” finally own up to their mistakes and share in the pain as well? Governor Kasich, show some compassion. There are better ways to deal with the budget shortfall. OCSEA / AFSCME, continue to protest and know that all unions across the land are coming to support you.

– Joe Bialek
Cleveland, Ohio

[RE: “The M.O. with Mayor Leitzell,” 3/1/11]
An Intern Invasion
Loved the article on internships. The value of the intern is tied directly to how much the company is willing to let the intern take on. Great job.

– Tamara Arment
Dayton, Ohio

[RE: “Hello my name is ‘Intern,’” 3/1/11]

Preacher Gary Leitzell
You are preaching to the choir, Gary. Contribute something like this to the ‘Snooze.’

– Tom
Dayton, Ohio

[RE: “The M.O. with Mayor Leitzell,” 3/1/11]

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