Wisconsin's vote on Tuesday tells more than the media wants to tell. Public-employee unions are good unions -- they do what the rank and file expects them to do. In these times, just to keep up with the cost of living is a challenge. Looking back at the erosion of wages in unions that have helped to engineer consent to pay freezes and concessions, it appears that these unions don't have the best interests of their workers in mind. They sing the tune, but bargain away hard-won gains while companies make record profits. So workers don't trust the people to whom they are tied by law. Anyone who knows the history of the labor movement can see this.
JIM GOUDY, AUSTIN, MINN.
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A June 7 letter writer commits the error that is so carefully examined in Ellen Hoerle's June 5 essay ("If Walker is not recalled ..."). Instead of a reasoned response, it's a knee-jerk reaction to the issue of taking time to think. Where in the essay is there evidence that Hoerle is saying that those who don't agree with her are "stupid," as the letter writer alleges? Nowhere, that's where. The letter writer is so eager to defend the conservatives' victory in Wisconsin that he loses his head and lashes out. That's precisely what Hoerle's essay is about -- reacting irrationally instead of acting rationally.
RODNEY HATLE, OWATONNA, MINN.
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