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Another nice job from Tevlin. He's one of the best arguments for reading the Strib.
Thank you for this. It needed to be said.
It is unfortunate that the writer is using this unfortunate person's death to further his own political agenda and his own political beliefs.
It is unfortunate... Please let him be in peace !!!!
Please provide specific examples with names and direct quotes of when Scott Walker or other politicians do what you claim to be "demonizing." If you're going to use this tragedy to make a political point you owe it to the truth and to readers to do more than offer vague generalizations.
I understand the gist of the article, and feel terrible for the Struck family, but since when is $44,000 a year considered a pittance, especially in a tiny town like Cleveland? I would give anything right about now for a job with that level of pay (especially one with government benefits), and I have a professional degree, for crying out loud.
Mr. Tevlin, Thank you for this column. I never knew Mr. Struck. But from what I have read his death is a great loss not only to his family but also to his community, MNDOT and the citizens of Minnesota. I have been dismayed by some of the comments that I have read in response to news stories about his death. As a former State employee, I can tell you that the ugly things some say about public employees hurt. They hurt us and they also hurt our families. How did we reach this point, where many seem to believe that men and women who work hard every day do not deserve good union wages and good union benefits that allow them to take care of their families. And believe me, the work that many State employees do is dirty, dangerous and stressful and done for the benefit of our State.
As a liberal Democrat I am sickened by the writer of this column trying to make a partisan point at the expense of the family's devastating tragedy.
Mr. Tevlin, most of us do not blame the Mike Stuck's of the world issues with bloated gov't. We simply want some sanity brought to size of gov't. The benefits, retirement costs, pay, etc., should be in line with the public sector. What happened to Mr. Struck and his family is tragic. It is wrong of you to harang the left's side of the story by using this tragedy.
Yes it is a tragedy that there are many hundreds in this country that lose their lives during the performance of their work activities. And it is indeed unfortunate that we have individuals like this author who would use these tragedies to push their own partisan beliefs.
I typically like Mr. Tevlin's columns, but he sadly minimizes this terrible story by trying clumsily to tie it to politics and unions. That's not what it's about. Two thumbs down.
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