Letter: Blaser, rethink union comments

My wife and I had little objection to most of Randy Blaser’s occasionally funny opinion column, “Hello, I Must Be Going” (May 8). Not surprisingly, anger and whining seem to be primary motivators among today’s populace — although some of it justified.

Let me remind Randy that it’s easy to attract companies and jobs to other states when you don’t care about the toxins poured into the water, air and food supplies. Consider BP’s Whiting, Indiana highly-polluting refinery or a state like Wisconsin who has long allowed the outdated coal-fueled ferry to operate on Lake Michigan. Or Iowa, where the animal waste and stench from factory farms have been the subject of many investigative reports.

But what really struck a nerve was Mr. Blaser’s broad brush insult to union workers. My wife has been a Speech Language Pathologist at several area school districts classified as middle- and lower-income. She is a member of the Teacher’s Union. Did I mention how underpaid she is for the long hours she works? Or about the money she spends out of her own pocket on educational tools, gloves and warm coats? And did I mention the weekends and evenings that she spends doing paperwork?

Mr. Blaser … please come to our home and tell my wife directly “how much she gets paid for not coming to work.”

Mark Plotnick

Vernon Hills

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