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Updated: May 2, 2013 6:01AM
Payroll bill is nothing but another attack on unions
House Bill 1334, now being considered by the Indiana Senate, would, among other things, prohibit automatic payroll deductions for any part of a Teachers’ Union dues that are used for political activity. As these automatic payroll deductions cost school corporations and taxpayers absolutely nothing, and eliminating them would save absolutely nothing, this can be seen as nothing but a direct attack on unions, without even the usual ancillary excuses of “saving taxpayers money” or “doing what’s right for the kids” with which these attacks are usually presented.
Please contact Sen. Dennis Kruse, R-Auburn, Chairman of the Senate Education Committee (317-233-0930, firstname.lastname@example.org), and your state senator (either Sen. Lonnie Randolph, D-East Chicago, (800) 382-9467, email@example.com; Sen. Frank Mrvan, D-Hammond, (317) 232-9432, firstname.lastname@example.org; or Sen. Earline Rogers, D-Gary, (317) 232-9526, email@example.com). Ask them to not support this bill if it moves through the Senate. And let them know that we are watching, and will not support them if they are willing to carry out such direct attacks on teachers and union members.
Allowing abortion at any time doesn’t make sense
Recent news stories have told us about Arkansas and North Dakota passing legislation banning abortions after a certain period into a pregnancy. How do they determine when it is OK, and when it isn’t, to abort? Why is it OK prior to the six-week mark in North Dakota and not after? Or up to 12 weeks in Arkansas, but not after? Is there some change that occurs in North Dakota babies at six weeks? Is a baby at five weeks and six days fundamentally different from one at six weeks? I don’t think so.
What I do think is that such lines are imaginary, arbitrary, capricious and cruel. We have all been at the six-week stage, haven’t we? But lucky for us, we didn’t get aborted. But 50-million-plus of our brothers and sisters have not been so lucky.
These are the same kind of lines that Stalin, Mao, and Pol Pot drew. Hitler drew a line between Aryans and Jews. If you are on one side you live. On the other you die.
Letter writer needs to find something new to say
Regarding the latest Jeff Eenigenburg letter: I almost read your recent rant about President Obama but I fell asleep — again. Your letters are so boring I read them to my dog on the Fourth of July to calm his fear of fireworks. Jeff, why not make a list of four people you like. There has to be a least four, right? Mention three things you enjoy doing, watching grass grow and paint dry not included.
How can you keep writing the same drool letter after letter after letter? At least look up some new hate words and phrases. May I suggest you drop the arrogance about low-information voters and the total disrespect for the office of the president. Or not. Who cares?