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August 9, 2013

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Writer takes issue with other writer’s comments

Writer takes issue with other writer’s comments

Dear Editor,

Mr. Feuilly’s guest column on Tuesday, Aug. 6, simply repeats the same old misinformation he has written before. If he preferred employment that does not pay into Social Security or Medicare, I suggest he should have found employment as a Texas public education teacher.

My sister-in-law was a teacher for more than 40 years and her retirement and medical benefits are less than the ones I receive under Medicare and Social Security. And she paid more into the teacher retirement system than I paid into my federal benefits.

Since Mr. Feuilly apparently never belonged to a union, he should not judge an organization he knows nothing about. Unions are a part of all democratic nations. They suffer with the rest of the national economy and enjoy its benefits, when we all prosper. I wish Mr. Feuilly could have talked to my grandfather who, in 1908, worked in the steel mills of Pittsburgh 12-14 hours a day for just enough money to rent a cold water flat and buy just enough food to survive. When he moved to Oklahoma, he became a charter member of the Southwestern’s Oil Field Workers Union, which fought both corporations and government for the pay and benefits enjoyed throughout non-union America today.

How giving future workers our retirement benefits somehow makes us like “Argentina, Cuba, North Korea, China and Russia,” is beyond understanding.

When he speaks of aiding non-producers by taxed producers, I must assume he includes himself and every other recipient of Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, military retirement, teacher retirement and public education, which are the largest federal and state obligations.

I should have known by now that anything President Obama says about any subject, no matter how true, will be an insult to Mr. Feuilly. The exemptions to the Affordable Healthcare Act were approved when that organization’s present health plan equals or exceeds the minimum requirements of the new standard. Unions, corporations and private health plans have been approved for this exemption, which was one of the additions to Obamacare demanded by Republicans in Congress.

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