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Letters: Unions a stabilizing force in U.S.

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Posted: Monday, March 7, 2011 3:30 am

I was so pleased to find the Tribune again on my doorstep Sunday morning (the Tribune has increased Sunday circulation from 100,000 to 150,000). Small independent newspapers were the lifeblood of American democracy and made this country a world leader: an example of life's promise. The only drawback: Getting this free press gift is robbing my morning coffee pleasure with know-it-all types like Tom Patterson. They ignore the facts and never admit they have been wrong.

They have a never-ending chant of freedom. Tom, without unions there would be less freedom. As a nation we have never been more free and we owe it more to unions than to corporate executives who once again wish to take advantage of the surplus of workers to jobs to lower wages and benefits. They seem to forget their house of cards collapses if they do not have consumers of their products or services. They have transferred the burden of taxes to the worker and drowned them with debt while taking the benefit of increased productive resources to eliminate jobs.

They brand any that disagree as socialists. Well, we need a little of that. I am a WWII Marine who elected to become a Methodist. We believe in a Living God and the word of the Bible that advocates caring and sharing. The selfish and inconsiderate are not comfortable with that and frighten with talk of socialism or communism - some while accepting more than their fair share of charity.

Consider the facts: What is the alternative without unions, pensions and entitlement? Where would we be today? Where will you be tomorrow? I saw the alternative in 1935 when the National Guard took over steel mills, people were living in boxes and hungry, the elderly warehoused in the County Home. It is time to question those who wish to change this country. Could it be they want more profit?

Richard T. Tracy Sr., Mesa

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