Players need unions
Regarding “When student-athletes choose Detroit’s union experience” (Faceoff, March 31): Columnist Tom Jackson writes that “unions lead to collective bargaining, which produces impasses, which become strikes.” Impasses and strikes are a negative part of the collective bargaining process that may be due to poor bargaining by either party. However, if it weren’t for unions, the workforce in this country would not have an eight-hour work day or benefits or receive a living wage. Today, many companies and corporations are trying to do away with benefits, pension plans, reasonable compensation and unions.
One way that companies have done away with fair wages and benefits is to outsource the work to China and India. Also, they try to get “right-to-work” laws passed in their states. Right-to-work laws in the present context are an attempt to abolish unions. In the states that have passed RTW laws, several things have occurred. The average worker in such a state makes about $5,333 a year less than those in free-bargaining states. Twenty-one percent more people lack health insurance in RTW states, which have a poverty rate of 12.5 percent, compared to 10.2 percent in free-bargaining states.
College football is a business, with players bringing in the profits. Like the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL, the players need representation.
Uncle ‘Peeping’ Sam?
I think the United States government has become peeping toms. They listen to our phone calls and record the rest for later retrieval should they desire. They record our locations with GPS devices on our phones. If the smart phones are operating 24/7, even when we aren’t talking on the phone they can listen to us 24 hours a day if we become a target. Smart televisions and computers have cameras now, so these snoops potentially have the ability to watch husbands and wives in the bedroom. What is scary is that we don’t know who these 500,000 people are who have access to our information and the insides of our homes.
The NSA answers to the CIA, but it is illegal, according to the NSA charter, to spy domestically. It is illegal for the CIA to run and operate domestic intelligence, though they are working with police departments around the country. The operations being run in this country by the CIA are illegal, a threat to the privacy and potentially the security of the American people because of the way the power is concentrated in that agency’s hands. I believe the FBI should be in control of these mechanisms. Intelligence can find other legitimate ways of doing business.
Sidney K. Harrell
Help save lives
This year more than 28,000 lives will be saved thanks to an organ transplant, and hundreds of thousands more will be improved through tissue donation. However, with every life saved, another is added to the waiting list, to the tune of nearly 148 people a day, each one hoping to beat the odds and receive the life-saving organ transplant they need. Right now, more than 121,000 people in the United States await an organ transplant, and of those, an astonishing 5,500 are our friends and neighbors in Florida.
April is Donate Life Month, and I encourage those who have not yet done so to sign up on Florida’s donor registry by visiting www.DonateLifeFlorida .org, or when getting or renewing their driver’s license.
One organ donor can save the lives of eight people and impact nearly 50 more through tissue donation. Contact LifeLink of Florida for information at 800-262-5775.
The writer is director of public affairs for LifeLink of Florida.
Rising medical costs
I just read Mary White’s letter on Obamacare (“It’s working,” Your Views, April 2). I wonder what seniors she is talking to. I am a senior. This year our medication costs went up. My medication was dropped from the formulary and replaced with a generic at a higher cost. Our free pills and vitamins were canceled. All co-pays for specialists went up. Eyeglasses coverage was reduced. Dental coverage was reduced. Hospital coverage was reduced. So my medical costs have gone up considerably.
This is what we are hearing from other seniors. And Mary thinks millions of seniors are saving on medications? I would like to know what plan these seniors have.
Sun City Center