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September 4, 2013

Viewpoint: Economic meltdown put Detroit workers out

In a recent article the writer, in the guise of taking a swipe at “socialism,” took a much bigger swipe at liberals and unions. In this letter the blame for Detroit, Michigan’s problems were blamed on “liberalism in government” with the insinuation that the government had run “out of other people’s money to spend.”

I doubt the author has even spent one night in Detroit. We lived in a suburb of Detroit for 12 years, and I worked there for 15 years. The issues troubling Detroit are various and complex, but spending other people’s money is not in there. Individuals who work or live in Detroit pay a city income tax to support the city they live or work in. However, the economic meltdown that occurred during the Bush administration put many of those workers out on the street. No job equals no city income tax equals reduced income for the city of Detroit.

Add to that the current conservative mayor of Detroit and governor of Michigan have given tax break after tax break to business, so that income stream is also reduced. In addition, Detroit is a very old city with an aging infrastructure that requires a lot of repairs and maintenance.

Then the writer blames the exit of the General Motors automotive plants on “union politics.” Blaming the exodus of GM on the unions is like blaming a solar eclipse on angry gods. The exodus of the automotive plants from Anderson (and Detroit, another issue that city is faced with) has nothing to do with the Union. The Union and union members found several ways to save money and improve quality, and even agreed to reduced wages and benefits.

To compete with the workers in China or Mexico autoworkers would have had to reduce the wage level to a few dollars a day, a level that would not sustain life in this country. The greed that took the jobs from Pendleton Avenue, Columbus Avenue and Scatterfield Road had nothing to do with union politics, liberalism or socialism, it was just simple greed and poor business decisions.

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  • Letter: Ritz under attack by state education board I attended the Indiana State Board of Education meeting in Indianapolis on Wednesday, July 9, and was genuinely disturbed by what I saw.

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  • Viewpoint: Dispatchers should not lose wages, benefits In regard to the plan to combine the city and county dispatch centers to one unit: Since this has come up it has pointed out a shameful tragedy of a group of employees in a life-saving unit of government. The city's emergency dispatch operators haven't had a pay raise in about 10 years.

    July 16, 2014

  • Viewpoint: Law trumps compassion on immigration problem As I was watching a debate on the immigration problem, the "build a fence" participant appeared to lose considerable moral ground when his liberal counterpart said, "There is a high moral ground … I would like to have an open border situation. It would be good for this country …. " She summarized by saying we ought to be a "compassionate nation."

    July 15, 2014

  • Viewpoint: Goodstock crowd continues to be considerate On July 5th Good’s Candy Shop held its sixth annual Goodstock. This event features live music, food and a car show. This year was a record turnout with 120 cars on display and over 1,200 people visiting.

    July 14, 2014

  • Letter: Dickmanns set a good example for city What a beautifully warm day and what a great day for the city of Anderson on July 3. The Anderson Town Center Park was renamed the Dickmann Town Center Park by Mayor Kevin Smith during a ceremony that was attended by an enthusiastic crowd.

    July 12, 2014

  • Letter: First Amendment protects newspapers The newspapers for hundreds of years was our source of news, and I believe recognized information is the currency of a democracy and Americans' freedom depends on a free press providing factual nonbiased reporting.

    July 12, 2014

  • Viewpoint: Damming river will affect entire state One proponent of the White River reservoir construction says that if you are opposed to damming the White river then you are one of the few and are loud and irresponsible. His support of the reservoir offers no facts or referenced success stories, only rosy predictions of what he wants you to believe that it could be.

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