The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


January 30, 2014

Readers' Forum 1-30 | Right-to-work law has its drawbacks

JOHNSTOWN — A right-to-work law allows employees to decide whether or not to join or financially support a union. Right-to-work laws, on the surface, sound great. Are they?

I worked at a large medical courier service based in Phoenix. I collected medical specimens for laboratory testing from two hospitals, two veterinarians offices, an abortion clinic and four large businesses located in Phoenix and the surrounding municipalities. The four large businesses employed thousands of people.

In the 1990s, I was at the top pay scale for a medical courier. I made $7.50 per hour. Our company would bring in newly-hired employees from California to train them and teach them the medical courier business.

The people they brought in for us to train earned more than 21⁄2 times what I earned. It is very disheartening to teach someone your job when there is such a large wage disparity between you and them.

There are approximately 370 miles between Phoenix and Los Angeles. There are, however, light years of differences between the two cities concerning wages.

Arizona is a right-to-work state. If right-to-work legislation was to become a law in Pennsylvania, many people earning life-sustaining wages and benefits would be forced into a much lower wage bracket not of their choosing.

A lot of people will receive drastic pay cuts and lose benefits. They may end up earning the same wages as the person flipping burgers.

Could you, or would you, be able to survive on this little amount of money?

Paul Rinker



Voter photo ID will work – give it a try

A reprinted editorial on Jan. 27 calls photo ID a “Pennsylvania Republicans’ election-rigging attempt.” Rubbish.

This analogy might illustrate the real purpose of voter photo ID. Suppose I walked into The Tribune-Democrat’s  newsroom and sat at a reporter’s desk. When asked to leave, I say, “No, this is my desk – I’m John Doe.”

You say, “No, you’re not.” But I insist that I’m on staff and I have a right to be there. Of course, you’d believe me – right? Why would I lie?

Eventually, you call the cops, and they ask for an ID – a photo ID.

Meanwhile, I’ve pulled the same scam to use your reserved parking spot, your bank account and, just to be nasty, I stop at the  circulation department, tell them I’m you, and I cancel your subscription to the paper.

Please understand that I cannot do this on Election Day because I’m too busy voting in all 20 precincts where I’ve registered. But then, voting isn’t that important.

I agree that a free voter ID will be a minor inconvenience, but mostly to voters who are long deceased.

Sarcasm aside, voter photo ID would only inconvenience those who push turnout over 100 percent in some precincts.

Photo ID would prevent anyone from any party from committing voter fraud. It’s simple, easily available, cheap and effective.

Bill Karson

Richland Township


Text Only | Photo Reprints

What is the biggest key to reducing gun violence in Johnstown?

Tackling the area's drug problem.
Controlling folks moving into city housing.
Monitoring folks in treatment centers and halfway houses.
Tougher sentencing by the court system.
More police on the streets.

     View Results
Order Photos

Photo Slideshow

House Ads