Jan. 4, 2009: Our readers write

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By The Staff

Senators not redeemed

It is still my contention that Jim Bunning and Mitch McConnell are not honorable men.

The Jim Bunning Foundation, a charity set up by Sen. Bunning, has paid him as the sole paid employee $180,000 while donating $136,435. His church has received the most of any group receiving donations from this charity. Guess that gets him out of tithing.

Mitch McConnell went $2 million in debt to win his reelection by campaigning throughout the state on the money he has brought to Kentucky through pork barrel spending. This while the Republican presidential nominee is campaigning on a platform to stop this type of governmental theft. He also picked the one time to go against his president in eight years under the guise of good governance. To protect the overpaid CEOs and boards of directors of financial institutions, he hardly raised a peep. A loan to the automotive companies that would ensure thousands of working men and women in the automotive manufacturing sector would still have  jobs is looked upon as a waste of money.

Now he wants to hold up the incoming president’s stimulus package because he believes it needs more oversight.  He either wants to try and get credit for assisting in this package or how he can ensure that he and his donors get a piece of the pie.

The UAW, which was made to be the scapegoat by southern Republicans, actually has been working with American automotive companies to reduce legacy costs, make more efficient vehicles and has drastically reduced benefits to its employees.

There is plenty of blame for why the American automotive industry is in the shape it’s in, but blaming the UAW as the biggest problem is false. The economy was a major factor. If it was solely the UAW’s fault, then why did Toyota post its first operating loss in 70 years?

Pay, safety and benefits have all improved for all working men and women, unionized or not, thanks to the hard work that the unions have done both through local negotiations and getting laws passed to protect workers.

I don’t have enough time or am allowed enough words to inform people who don’t have a say on the importance of having a say in the workplace. It would be waste for many, as any group of people that believes that because we don’t torture as bad as other countries torture, we’re not doing anything wrong. You cannot claim to be the beacon of freedom and democracy when you use torture in any form. It’s similar to admitting my child is not as bad as others, because they only smoke pot, not crack or crank. Drug abuse is drug abuse and torture is torture.

The same with honor. Actions speak louder than words. Dishonorable actions with flowery, honorable words are still dishonorable.

Eric S. Parrish