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Why does anybody worry that the government will choose your doctor? I’ve always had my doctor chosen by the hospital or place of treatment and kept the doctor or found one myself.
Urgency chooses for us.
We need a public option because the insurance companies will continue to escalate the price of everything for maximum profit. Medicare works well and spends less over private insurance companies.
Without a public control and oversight of the system, prices will continue to escalate until no one can afford health care but the rich.
Robert B. Clipper
I am thoroughly disgusted with the behavior of the Republican Party in general.
But one particular individual, Rep. Joe Wilson of South Carolina, brought the GOP to a new low
during President Obama’s speech before Congress in September.
As a National Guard colonel, Wilson’s public display of disrespect for the U.S. commander-in-chief was even more egregious because it betrayed the high tradition of the military officer corps.
I hope all UAW members and retirees will show how they feel about Joe Wilson.
Let’s avoid South Carolina as a vacation spot until Wilson is defeated by his Democratic opponent, Rob Miller, a fine and civil man and an Iraq War veteran.
Fifty-eight countries tax imported products with a value added tax (VAT). Three do not: the United States, Gibraltar and Saudi Arabia.
The VAT ranges from 5 percent to 25 percent and must be paid the moment the goods are imported. Level the playing field on trade by imposing the same VAT tax percentages every country levies on our products and use their system.
The United States should charge a VAT tax on all imported products, and then President Obama can pay for health care with this revenue.
Dennis A. Kahoun
UAW Local 573 retiree
Fairfield Glade, Tenn.
My father was an original “37er,” working at General Motors in 1937 at the Linden, N.J., plant before the UAW was an active component there. Dad proudly wore his white UAW “Meet the Challenge” cap. He supported the UAW 75 years – 37.5 working, 37.5 retired – and he met the challenge every day of his life, especially when his health began to fail. He entrusted me with his two most valuable possessions: his UAW ring and cap, which I wear with pride. Let the dream live on as we look confidently toward the future.
Ed Moskal Jr.
Ocean Township, N.J.
(Editor’s note: Moskal is a history teacher. His father, Edward W. Moskal, a member of UAW Local 595, died Nov. 28, 2008.)
As a retired UAW GM member, I enjoyed and appreciated Charlie Fisher’s letter (September-October “From the readers”) reminding active members that the benefits they enjoy came from the picket lines retirees manned for months during contract negotiations.
Recently, UAW GM (and UAW Chrysler) retirees lost some of those benefits in negotiations. I for one wouldn’t mind getting them back in the future.
So if you plan to retire as a UAW member, your top priorities in future contract negotiations should be to improve benefits and your pension. Get these and lock them in.
Short-term gratification doesn’t hold a candle to long-term stability.
And don’t forget UAW retirees. Show us we didn’t pound the pavement for nothing.
UAW Local 602 retiree
In answer to why UAW retirees love to write Solidarity letters to the editor: We have more time, we lived through more of life and we have seen war, peace and the Great Depression.
UAW Local 1695 retiree
I’m not a UAW member, but I read my daughter’s Solidarity. There was a particularly well-written article in the last issue (September-October) called “Why the op-eds are off base,” by Tom Brune of UAW Local 2250. I’m totally sick of the media bias against domestic vehicles. And as a former General Motors engineer in the 1980s, I believe the general public needs to see more articles like Brune’s. The truth is out there, and the public needs to know.
I’d like to buy a UAW flag to fly below my American flag.
In 1986 my husband retired from Ford’s Wentzville (Mo.) plant, and I retired from the Cahokia School District 187 of Cahokia, Ill.
We’re both staunch union members, and this information would be greatly appreciated.
Ralph and Betty Davis
(Editor’s note: According to the our Purchasing Department, you may contact this company directly to order a UAW flag: J.C. Goss Co., 6330 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit, MI 48207; phone: 313-259-3520; fax: 313-259-9595. Goss will customize the UAW flag to anything and make it any size you want.)