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Jim, it wasn’t my intent to make any snide personal remarks about your letter and if you were offended in anyway I do apologize.

After all that, I have a few things to say. I was elected business Mgr. of local 1026 Pile Drivers, Dock Builder’s Divers, Bridge BLDS Will Wrights a part of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters. We serviced most of Florida plus the islands. I became a union brother around 1956. I spent about nine years in the Navy and Marines. I was a corpsman. Back from Korea ended up in St. Alban’s Naval hospital, met a beautiful girl from Brooklyn, a USO girl. We married by the way, it’s 63 years in November. We moved into a cold water flat on Knickbocke Ave. in Brooklyn. Needed a job, a friend told me about a union called local 1456 Dock Builders of N.Y. had a special deal for veterans. I applied and was given a union membership in that local. No, it wasn't a mob guy or a political hock.


I was trying to work out the logic of Betty Dishman’s letter in a recent edition of your paper supporting Bernie Sanders views but frankly, nothing seems to make sense.

Let’s see if we have this right. The rich already pay some 85 percent of all income taxes but according to Bernie Sanders they should be raised even higher. Would 100 percent satisfy him and Ms. Dishman as well?

Companies in the U.S. already pay the highest corporate tax rate in the world yet according to Bernie Sanders he would raise those taxes even more. Does he not know that with the corporate tax of 35 percent many companies pay close to 50 percent in taxes when you include state taxes? One must ask if we haven’t already lost enough companies and jobs that have moved overseas for better tax rates? Ireland taxes companies only 12-1/2 percent so why in the world would a company even consider staying in the U.S. and hiring American workers?


McDonald's pledge last week to start using cage-free eggs is only a small step in preventing staggering suffering endured by millions of birds.

Hatcheries that annually supply 200 million female hens for U.S. egg production, including cage-free, also kill the same number of male chicks at birth by grinding them up alive in industrial macerators or suffocating them slowly in plastic garbage bags. The female laying hens endure a lifetime of misery, crammed with 5-6 others, in small wiremesh cages that cut into their feet and tear out their feathers.

Eggs are common carriers of food-borne bacteria, including Salmonella, Campylobacter. Listeria, and Staphylococcus. USDA estimates that Salmonella alone accounts for 1.3 million U.S. illnesses and 500 deaths annually.


Some political candidates have stated that Kentucky County Clerk, Kim Davis, should follow the Supreme Court ruling and issue marriage licenses to same sex couples, which she refused, stating it was in conflict with her religious beliefs. I know most would expect the law to be followed no matter what political party you’re in. Sadly, many claiming the Christian faith would be hard pressed to explain an opposing view to this. Issues of gay and lesbian marriage can be a very sensitive topic, even within my extended family we have seen the pain of this very issue.


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