Letters To The Editor


September 05, 2005

Labor Day focus must be on jobs that benefit all

This Labor Day, where have all the good jobs gone?

We need jobs with family-supporting wages, good benefits, respect for worker's rights and opportunities for workplace advancement. Our nation's middle class is built on jobs like these.

The problem is not just that we are losing good jobs; it is that the jobs we are creating are not as good as the jobs we have lost.

Study after study has found that the share of America's jobs with higher pay and better benefits is shrinking, while jobs in industries that are expanding pay less and provide inferior benefits.

Low-pay, no-benefit Wal-Mart-type jobs are not the solution to the problem.

Our elected leaders need to step up to the plate: They should stop signing bad trade deals that send good jobs overseas and start helping to create family-supporting jobs.

Moreover, we must address our nation's health care crisis.

And bad-neighbor employers such as Wal-Mart need to be held accountable when their employees have to depend on taxpayer-funded programs to support and insure their families.

This Labor Day, let us make sure good jobs with good benefits are our No. 1 priority.

Ernest R. Grecco


The writer is president of the Metropolitan Baltimore Council of AFL-CIO unions.

State wastes funds to alter BWI's name

Marylanders should be outraged that the state Board of Public Works would approve the spending of $2 million to change the name of Baltimore-Washington International Airport and "repaint airport buses" ("Final approval given to adding Marshall name to BWI," Sept. 1).

With gasoline prices passing $3 a gallon, it would have made more sense for the state to invest the money in marketing strategies to encourage more people to ride the buses.

Chuck Jackson

Ellicott City

The writer is president of Citizen Advocates for Safe and Efficient Travel.

Illegal immigration a cancer on society

I am amazed and gratified that someone in the reporting circles of this city finally went against the "code of silence" to speak out against the problems of illegal immigration ("Case points to gravity of illegal immigration problem," Aug. 31).

Illegal immigration is a slow cancer that is eating away the very infrastructure of this city and the country.

It is a travesty, a moral indecency and a capital crime what has happened in the case of the three murdered children.

It is also a travesty that so many taxpayer dollars that could have been used for legal citizens of this city are now being spent on the trial of illegal immigrants.

Several states are considering states of emergency because they no longer can afford to support the problems of illegal immigrants.

English is becoming a secondary language in parts of our cities - not just in border towns, but also in heartland America.

Such language barriers can only divide our country. Just ask the fine folks to our north in Quebec what they think of the rest of Canada.

When the next elections come around in this state, I will be looking for politicians who aren't afraid to address this ever-increasing problem.

Rick Slone


Welcome teachers from the Philippines

It was most heartwarming to read the well-written article "Filipino teachers learn life lessons in Baltimore" (Aug. 28).

More than 50 highly qualified teachers have chosen to leave their homes and families far behind to teach in Baltimore.

I am reminded of the time, eons ago, when I was the only "American" intern at the old St. Joseph's Hospital on Caroline Street.

Most of the interns had been recruited fresh out of medical school in the Philippines. Their English was halting, to be sure. What they brought with them, however, was a refreshingly eager and highly motivated sense of service that was warmly received by everyone who came to know them.

It was a sad day, indeed, when I learned that these fine, young and homesick doctors were refused entry to the Apollo movie theater on Harford Road because of the color of their skin.

I urge the citizens of Baltimore to warmly embrace our newly arrived Filipino teachers with open hearts and minds.

William J. Vitale

Hunt Valley

Inappropriate time to poke fun at Bush

The Sun has outdone itself. The Sept. 1 editorial cartoon was a new low.

Using the catastrophe on the Gulf Coast to advance The Sun's political agenda and poke fun at the administration was tasteless, crass and petty - although, come to think of it, not out of the ordinary for The Sun.

This "humor" may be funny to many of The Sun's loyal liberal readers, but I think it is not funny for the majority of readers - who take this cataclysm for what it is, not an opportunity to take shots at those responsible for recovery.

I regret that there is no other local print news source so that I have to continue to pay The Sun to espouse its biased political views, with no apparent regard for propriety or good judgment.

John Andrews

Bel Air

Guard is away when we need them most

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