Full-time, temp employees should get benefits
As a temporary employee, I am obliged to spend 40-plus hours a week working at an office, but receive none of the benefits given to permanent employees.
Any job comes with a number of potential frustrations: high income taxes, long commutes, annoying co-workers or frustrating tasks.
In my position, I deal with these same hardships and, yet, it seems I am not worthy of the health care perks and paid holidays usually provided traditional employees.
How can I be expected to live off of a "fresh out of college" hourly wage, and at the same time afford to maintain my health?
A person's priorities usually begin with food, shelter and utilities. As I manage to juggle these monthly bills and daily expenses, the option of obtaining an individual health insurance plan is a hard choice to consider.
Even though some companies don't offer an extensive plan, many part-time employers now allow their workers basic health care coverage.
While I can take preventative measures such as exercising, eating right and not partaking in risky behavior, I cannot control outside forces that make daily life a health risk. Even as a temporary employee, shouldn't I experience the same peace of mind as a long-term employee?
Shelia Maria Rutherford
Thank you for that great article Feb. 12 on the Sports page about those awesome Shelby brothers and their dad ("Catching up with the baseball Shelbys"). They are truly the American story — it only goes to show what having great parents can do for a kid.
Real Mideast solution
In reference to the Feb. 18 commentary, "Aid to Israel protects U.S. interests": Sen. Rand Paul did not suggest cutting aid to just Israel, but also to neighboring countries like Egypt.
Israel is not the only democratic country in the Mideast. Lebanon has always been a democratic country but it suffers from the presense of Hezbollah, backed by Iran.
Israel and the Arab countries have a common enemy: the present Iranian regime, which also supports Hamas and Syria.
The United States must lead for peace based on Israel and Palestine living in peace next to each other, supported by the United Nations' resolution. All Lebanese are victims of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
A peaceful solution would cut the influence of the Iranian regime, which is a goal desired by both the Israelis and the Arabs.
We have witnessed the results of the arms race between Russia and America, which resulted in five wars.
I fully support Paul's call to cut the arms race and hope Congress will support the U.N. resolution for the two-state solution.
Missing their moment
The front page of the Feb. 6 City | Region section shows a group of people in support of protesters in Egypt and, I'm sure, Tunisia, Yemen, etc.
Those poor souls. Trust me, if I had the means, I would fly them and all others doing the same to Egypt in a heartbeat.
That group of people doesn't need to be here in America on the sidelines, but in Egypt, up close and personal, walking arm in arm with their fellow comrades.
One never wants to rally from their own turf for another country. Always go to theirs. Don't forget the American flag.
Janet Oldham Zarmbus
Party not to blame
A Jan. 25 letter reveals ignorance or the ignoring of reality and history. The writer accuses the Democratic Party of "allowing unrighteous fornication by adulterers and homosexuals, abortion, gambling, drugs and evil covetousness," and calls this "goodbye to neighborhood and marriage, hello to the evil generation."
His Bible, if he is a Christian, indicates that these behaviors (and others that are sometimes more evil than some he listed) have existed for thousands of years.
In America, they have existed hundreds of years — long before the Democratic Party was formed.
Has he read about the witch trials in Salem, the debtors' prisons, inhumane treatment of the mentally ill, enslavement of African-Americans and American Indians? Is he aware of the exploitation of workers during our Industrial Revolution?
Does he know that many workers in this country are still exploited by often extremely wealthy (and often Republican) business owners who refuse to provide adequate pay, benefits and a safe work environment? Are consensual sex acts, gambling and drug use worse than gross mistreatment of other people?
Can anyone really logically state that the Democratic Party caused the deterioration of marriage and neighborhood and the forming of an "evil generation?"
Protecting the baby
During Sunday school, our women's class was shown a letter to the editor ("Bill cruel to women," Jan. 20) from an apparently angry gentleman.
We are sorry that any action by our legislators would bring such feelings to anyone.
The proposed law, requiring women to undergo an ultrasound before having an abortion, in no way takes away any rights from anyone. It just allows them a chance to see what is to be aborted.
I wonder if the gentleman has ever viewed an ultrasound; maybe then he would know that in the first few weeks of a pregnancy the baby has a heartbeat and can also feel pain.
This legislation is more about the baby than anyone else. If the women still want the procedure, they can have it done.
Can you tell us what Billy Graham, Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King, George Washington and, oh yes, even letter writers have in common? None of their mothers had them aborted. If they had, then we should not have known the great ones in history.
Evelyn Culp and Betty J. Shaw
and 14 other signers
Insult to Americans
Watching Fox News one morning, I heard a commentator say, "What an insult to the American people to say illegals do jobs Americans won't do."
I have said the same thing for the past several years.
My motto has always been Americans first.
People in Ashland tell me, "There are a lot of illegals in Grayson." I turn around and say, "Go into the kitchen of your restaurants and see how many are behind closed doors."
I saw a van in front of a house close to the Ashland Mall picking up immigrants to work in a restaurant. I rest my case.