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Collective thoughts of a taxpayer

"I truly believe these adjustments in the collective bargaining may be a little far reaching and probably will be renegotiated back the other way in time."

Ytown and others:

How would we renegotiate for the return of our first ammendment rights if we have given up the right to negotiate?

March 6, 2011 at 1:36 p.m. suggest removal

Collective thoughts of a taxpayer

Well Jessie you are showing your true colors now. "Low class, union type insults" You consider those of us with differing opinions low class, beneath you. No surprise there.

February 28, 2011 at 10:15 p.m. suggest removal

Collective thoughts of a taxpayer

The rights started with the unions - including the union of thirteen colonies that dared to petition then defy a king. That's why certain politicians know the place to start taking rights away is to destory the voice of the people and their rights to organize. Today, the public employees - tomorrow, everyone else.

Geez! Didn't you pay any attention in history class? (And everyone blames the teachers?!)

February 28, 2011 at 9:31 p.m. suggest removal

Collective thoughts of a taxpayer

By the way, all public employees pay taxes at the same rate as those privately employeed. The only exception is the Social Security tax ,we aren't eleigible to collect it and we contribute to our own pensions instead. I have have paid into Social Security from other jobs and am not complaining because I won't be getting it back.

I want a big, well funded government - one that can afford a great military, offers free public education to all, fixes the roads, comes to my rescue in times of fire and distress, protects me from criminals, feeds hungry children, provides an income for the disabled, etc. How much do you think you'll be paying for these services once the people have lost their voice and they are all privatized? The same greedy people in charge now will dominate the service industries as only they will have the money to invest. Once in control the price will go up or maybe by that time people will be so desperate they'll work for slave wages. Or maybe you'll be ok with watching children, the sick and the disabled become homeless and starve. Your choice.

The deficit will not be fixed by taxing working and middle class persons more or taking away anyone's rights. It can be decreased by increasing taxes for the wealthy - and I don't just mean everyone making more than $250,000 a year. It isn't fair for those families to pay at the same rate as someone who makes millions a year.

Please don't waste time telling me how we need those corporate giants to create jobs. Tax and tariff their goods made in countries without worker representation and fair wages until they are forced to price competitively with local manufacturers. Suddenly new jobs will appear. Somehow I think it will be the loyal, local business oiwners who will be the first to expand and start hiring more people.

February 28, 2011 at 8:49 p.m. suggest removal

Collective thoughts of a taxpayer

Amendment I

http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/char...

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Hmmm... "The right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." I'm reading that the people, and no where does this exclude the people who happen to work for the government, have the right to assemble and petition.

as·sem·ble verb \ə-ˈsem-bəl\
as·sem·bledas·sem·bling\-b(ə-)liŋ\
Definition of ASSEMBLE
transitive verb
1: to bring together (as in a particular place or for a particular purpose)

2petitionverb
pe·ti·tionedpe·ti·tion·ing\-ˈti-sh(ə-)niŋ\
Definition of PETITION
transitive verb
: to make a request to : solicit
intransitive verb
: to make a request; especially : to make a formal written request

Assemble + petition = collective bargining.

I like this right, I think I'll keep it.

Even if you have never been part of a union, you have benefited from them. The eight hour workday, the right to a safe environment, equal opprotunity despite race or creed were all originally causes of orginazed labor unions.

Put aside whatever party you support and where you stand on social or political isssues for a momment and search your conscience. We all know there are better and fairer ways to balance the budget.

It is truly a domino effect; if one union falls, the rest shall be weakened.

If you can't make it to Columbus, email your represenatives, let them know how you feel. They all have easy links on their websites.

February 28, 2011 at 7:56 p.m. suggest removal

Gov. Kasich: ‘I’m not anti-union’

Nettrader and others:

I didn't say that the employer, in this case the state government, had to meet the demands of employees.

I DO say that curtailing their first ammendment right to collectively bargin is the wrong thing to do.

February 28, 2011 at 7:55 p.m. suggest removal

Gov. Kasich: ‘I’m not anti-union’

Amendment I

http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/char...

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Hmmm... "The right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." I'm reading that the people, and no where does this exclude the people who happen to work for the government, have the right to assemble and petition.

as·sem·ble verb \ə-ˈsem-bəl\
as·sem·bledas·sem·bling\-b(ə-)liŋ\
Definition of ASSEMBLE
transitive verb
1: to bring together (as in a particular place or for a particular purpose)

2petitionverb
pe·ti·tionedpe·ti·tion·ing\-ˈti-sh(ə-)niŋ\
Definition of PETITION
transitive verb
: to make a request to : solicit
intransitive verb
: to make a request; especially : to make a formal written request

Assemble + petition = collective bargining.

I like this right, I think I'll keep it.

Even if you have never been part of a union, you have benefited from them. The eight hour workday, the right to a safe environment, equal opprotunity despite race or creed were all originally causes of orginazed labor unions.

Put aside whatever party you support and where you stand on social or political isssues for a momment and search your conscience. We all know there are better and fairer ways to balance the budget.

It is truly a domino effect; if one union falls, the rest shall be weakened.

If you can't make it to Columbus, email your represenatives, let them know how you feel. They all have easy links on their websites.

February 27, 2011 at 11:55 p.m. suggest removal

Johnson: I did not sell to port authority

This article and the responses to it demonstrate what is causing problems on a national scale.

Some people (liberals, socialists, democrats - label them however you like) want to spend government dollars for the benefit of the majority. They support government spending for programs that feed, house and provide health care for those who need it and make life easier for working families.

Other people (conservatives, elitists, republicans - label them how you wish) support government spending for programs that help keep businesses afloat and provide protection against percieved social threats.

We need a little of both types to keep our country healthy both socially and economically. It's called bi-partisianship.

The problem is that both types of people are being duped and exploited by self-serving individuals with financial and political power.

For a company/business owner to take advantage of government funds this way is disgusting. A person or entity that milks the corporate welfare cow is just as dishonest and damagaing to our country as third-generation welfare cheat. However the company costs more and causes more far-reaching damage.

The core of the problem seems to be that business owners just can't accept that the profits of most businesses are not going to reward them with the riches of Bill Gates and the leaders of corperate monopolies of past generations. They use their money to buy political power and sway public opinion.

Before you complain about "those people" in other countries taking our jobs think about this: Do you want to live like them? Do you want to work for a wage that barely pays for food and inadequate housing?

Not so very long ago the common workers banded together in unions and fought hard against the unfairness of the corporate leaders. They gained certain rights, like a forty hour work week, insurance benefits and pensions. They did not ask for, nor gain anything that would have caused a business to fail. They only wanted less for them and a little more for the rest of us. It worked for a while.

As soon as the wealthy owners and investors saw a dip in profits they jumped ship.They closed their plants and moved the jobs to places where the average citizens had no voice and few rights. Their plan backfired. Our elected representatives failed us by not imposing tariffs and penalties on the products these companies imported. That would have kept the businesses that stayed in the USA competitive.

Now fewer people can afford the products and services the companies are offering. These same wealthy bussiness types, again seeing a dip in profits, are asking the government to bail them out. Meanwhile, the blame is all being placed on the poor and working class. They are scorned for wanting a little more for themselves.

All because some greedy big shots couldn't be satisfied with ENOUGH profit. They think they deserved opulence.

January 20, 2011 at 12:10 p.m. suggest removal

Man accused in child-sex abuse kills himself

Thank you and all the blessings life can bestow are wished for you, the wife/grandmother who wouldn't be intimidated. You did the right thing despite the fact (wich you must have known) that doing so could cause you many types of grief. You are that little girl's hero.

December 6, 2010 at 6:44 p.m. suggest removal

School board looks at finances

db2: Do you really think that $50,000 a year gross is too much to pay someone entrusted with the care and education of our children? By the time a teacher reaches that level of the pay scale they have invested their time and money in seven or more years of college education. In the Canfield district $50K is well below the average income of the residents. I'm appalled that the residents voted doiwn the levy. It would have cost them yearly about the same as a few designer purses they tote around; at the most they would have had to forgo one of their several vacations taken each year. I'm sick of the "Haves" telling the "Have-Nots" we don't deserve a fair share.

November 27, 2010 at 7:32 p.m. suggest removal

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