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Letter to the editor: 'Look under hood' good for taxpayers

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 9:10 am

The taxpayer should always and foremost be at the center of our elected officials’ interest. It is their duty to bring forth and pass ordinances that benefit the entire population of Fort Wayne.

Councilman John Crawford’s “look under the hood” at the long-term financial and labor picture is prudent, and he is taking a proactive approach to a potential financial crisis in the future. The city of Detroit is now bankrupt and cannot even afford proper police and fire protection because of decades of being held hostage by union labor and being forced to concede to unreasonable demands that only benefited a few while the masses suffered.

The days of child labor and sweatshops and unsafe working conditions are a thing of the past in this country. Several laws have been passed to protect our workers. Union membership has been declining because a lot of corporate America has realized you can still have highly trained and adequately paid and compensated workforce and still be able to produce a profitable product or services without organized labor.

Last time I checked, Indiana was a right-to-work state, meaning I can’t be forced to join a union. So why should I be forced to fund some of them?

The taxpayers have the right to protect their pocketbook. Prudent financial stewardship of our money is not only demanded by the voters, it’s just good old common sense to keep Fort Wayne from falling into the same abyss that Detroit fell into and may never fully recover from.

I was once told that a job was a “right” by a union recruiter years ago. A job is a privilege in this country, and the brightest and the hard-working will be compensated by any capable management staff. Not by seniority and antiquated rules that stifle individual effort. I have not always agreed with some of the ideas that have become law in Fort Wayne, but this motion being introduced has the best interest of the entire population at heart and not just 1,300 people.

Charles Hillyard