Right-to-work laws help all workers
I applaud the action taken by five counties to become right-to-work counties and the members of Associated Builders and Contractors around Kentucky do as well.
There is always much rhetoric and emotion on this issue. However, it is an attempt to distract from two main facts.
Right-to-work is all about worker freedom. It means to get a job or keep your job is not dependent on joining a union and paying dues. If a worker wants to join or stay in a union, they continue to have that right.
There is powerful evidence that these laws make a positive difference for everyone. Our association helped with the passage of the Indiana law just a couple of years ago. Here are the results:
■ 117 projects have indicated that the law was a positive factor in the decision to consider Indiana.
■ Over 100 companies have already accepted working with Indiana, representing approximately over 10,000 new jobs and more than $3.4 billion in investment.
■ The hourly wage for these new jobs is $19.
Our members support job creation and worker choice.
President, Associated Builders and Contractors of Indiana/Kentucky
Law hurts workers
The right-to-work law the Republicans and Chamber of Commerce are trying to get passed is not as it sounds. It is really the right to work for less
The law is intended to weaken unions. When unions are weakened, then employees suffer. For instance, union-negotiated safety rules could become lax creating work hazards and all workers may not have equal rights. Companies will go back to the 1930s when the employee had no say — whoever does the most brown-nosing gets the most favoritism.
We also don't need the legislature telling women what they can do with their bodies. This should be a family/doctor decision with the help of their church.
There are more important things the legislature should be working on, like raising the minimum wage and eliminating smoking in public buildings for better health and cutting down on the cost of insurance.
Owen D. Humphress
I believe in thank-you notes. It's a great discipline, but on the more spiritual side it is a quiet time to express gratitude and true appreciation for all blessings.
For children, it's a wonderful activity. Given a template, it's something they can easily accomplish and feel proud about while giving them a sense of responsibility, duty and honor. It also improves their communication, attention span and fine-motor and language skills.
The main excuse is "We're too busy." Well, "Aunt Betty" wasn't too busy to write that check or buy that toy. In other words, if you are too busy to say thank you, well, you are just too darned busy.
Deborah Conley Howe
Virtue in the military
A letter writer indicated that those who joined the military were mercenaries and are not protecting her freedoms.
She has no way of knowing why someone might join the military. Including the Coast Guard and Merchant Marines, there are five opportunities to get a free education once they complete the required years service.
Also, the Coast Guard saves lives — on land, in the air and on the water. It has saved people on trans-oceanic flights that had to land in oceans.
Its larger ships are doing drug interdiction and life saving of members of the countries in the Caribbean who try to get to the U.S. on poor seacraft. Are those not worthy pursuits?
Based on the letter, I suppose the writer really would like to have been talking in either German or Japanese, with the United Nations having lost the wars in Europe and the Pacific at this point in history.
A. E. (Gene) Radin