Letters to the Editor, Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017

Get union house in order Hollywood isn’t the only progressive bastion dealing with a crisis of bad behavior. The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) recently suspended executive vice president and Fight for $15 minimum wage architect Scott Courtney for inappropriate behavior with female employees. Courtney has subsequently resigned. Courtney allegedly had a pattern a pattern of dating subordinates in return for promotions. Like Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, Courtney’s transgressions were an “open secret” among women who worked with him. And like Weinstein, complaints about Courtney’s wrongdoings were ignored.  The allegations are especially embarrassing for the SEIU, which claims restaurants should be unionized partially because of supposed pervasive sexual harassment in the workplace. Several SEIU members admitted to the media that the values the union practices are opposite to the ones it preaches. The SEIU should get its own house in order before preaching moral superiority to the rest of us. Jordan Bruneau, Washington, D.C. Senior research analyst, Employment Policies Institute   Nationalism not a bad thing I was deeply moved by an article that appeared in the Naples Daily News this summer and can’t get it out of my mind. Written by a reporter from either The Associated Press or USA TODAY, it covered Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to Venezuela. The very last paragraph of the article mentioned that there was a man in the crowd who carried a sign that read: “Make Venezuela Great Again.” How very sad. It broke my heart, wondering how much hope those repressed people have… [Read full story]

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