The Herald Bulletin

Afternoon Update


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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    July 29, 2014

  • Viewpoint: Adding such a robust water resource with Mounds Lake would set us apart I have lived in Madison County most of my life, and for the past 14 years, I served on the Town Council in Pendleton, recently retiring as president. I have watched with great interest the happenings around the proposed Mounds Mall for a few reasons.

    July 26, 2014

  • Letter: Dr. David and Kay Mares are local treasures Throughout history we have had treasures that were not appreciated until years or centuries after their time. The lost art of Angkor Wat in Cambodia. The terra cotta men of China. Vincent Van Gogh was a failing, starving artist in his time. Now his works are some of the world’s most valued. Madison County has a prize of its own that should be recognized in its time.

    July 24, 2014

  • Letter: Reservoir promotion has circus approach P.T. Barnum is starting his tour to promote the reservoir by going to all the towns surrounding the dream. Rob Sparks is this town's P.T. Barnum.

    July 24, 2014

  • Letter: Repentance is key to surviving times What happens to a nation that refuses to repent before God? What happens to a nation that had strong Christian beginnings, but now more closely resembles Sodom and Gomorrah?

    July 24, 2014

  • Letter: Anderson's annexed areas still lack business On July 10, 2014, at the Anderson City Council meeting, the executor of the estate was shut off from speaking, because she did not live in Adams Township, and the person from Adams Township tried to get up and speak was not allowed to. The council rushed the vote for zoning the land for business.

    July 22, 2014

  • Letter: Birth control, abortion should be woman's choice Why are Republicans so gung-ho on restricting birth control and abortion? That's easy. Republican legislators are so unpopular because they don't legislate and literally block all bills that would help the middle and lower income classes.

    July 22, 2014

  • Bannon, Tom Viewpoint: Paramount is an investment that is paying dividends About 25 years ago the citizens of Anderson made a decision that would have a long lasting impact on the community. Instead of saving the old Paramount Theatre, which had fallen into serious disrepair, it was decided that the easy and prudent decision was to get rid of the building to create additional downtown parking. Shortly after the Paramount came down, the community got rid of another abandoned structure when the old Carnegie Building, which was the former home of the Anderson Public Library, was torn down.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Letter: Wall Street should not be in politics Talk about corruption, ponzi schemes, we're looking at you, Wall Street, controlling the prices of our food, gasoline and clothing we must buy and about every company in America — while trashing President Obama, the Affordable Health Care Plan, along with every Democrat, to influence our elections, at the same time.

    July 17, 2014

  • Letter: 23 Relay for Life teams raised $40,000 As chairs of this year's American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Madison County, we would like to thank everyone for their generosity and support.

    July 17, 2014

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