December 25, 2012

Letters to the editor: Readers weigh ways to stop violence

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A woman comforts a young girl during a vigil service last week in Newtown, Conn., for victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting. Programs for children with mental and neurological disorders help students adjust to the world around them, but “once they have finished public school, all assistance ends,” isolating at-risk young men, a reader says.

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On Dec. 12, there was a classic example of labor union lawlessness at right-to-work protests in Detroit, which I only learned about by listening to talk radio.

The radio folks, when reporting the story, pointed out that the listeners would be unlikely to see anything about this event on the evening TV news, or in their local newspaper, and they were correct.

If similar unlawful behavior were committed by members of the tea party, or the management of a business, it would get plenty of coverage. There is video of this unlawful behavior on the Internet if you missed it.

The obvious reason for your lack of coverage is the connection between organized labor and the Democratic Party. You are obviously in the tank for the left and would not publish a story that cast labor, and therefore the Democrats, in a less-than-favorable light.

Shame on you for this blatant act of political bias.

William Foley


'2 percenter' pays taxes to aid vulnerable citizens 

To those on the right who seek to protect us "job creators," please stop. We in the top 2 percent don't need protection. We are the fortunate ones. Yes, many of us worked hard to rise to this privileged club. But make no mistake, privilege it is. And with privilege comes responsibility.

Look, taxes happen. No one likes them, but we do like what we get from them. As a physician, I am particularly sensitive to the health needs of our most vulnerable citizens.

Universal health coverage, better education, better roads and more sustainable energy options: These are programs I value and am ready to put some money where my mouth is, so to speak. We are not talking about a lot more money, either.

So I call on Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins to allow taxes to rise on those making more than $250,000 a year, as President Obama put forth in his deficit plan.

Heidi Henninger



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