This file is a very brief diary of some examples of the Roanoke Times slant.
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Roanoke Times, 9-3-2012, Pg 10: Editorial: Labor Day by the numbers.
12.8 million Unemployed (8.3%)
Education Unemployment Weekly Earnings
BS 4.1% $1,164
AS 7.1% $ 754
HS 8.7% $ 659
HS Drop-Out 12.7% $ 483
Pg 11: Guest Editorial: Challenges for American’s shrinking unions
JMU Professor J.E. Guiniven
Net: Unions were good, unions are good, unions need to save the nation.
Congratulation Editors of the Roanoke Times! Somehow you spared us the indignity of telling us the obnoxious message from Sunday, September 04, 2011:
Roanoke Times Heralds the Communist Manifesto as THE Answer to America’s Challenges
Pg Horiz 1: Give Marx a chance to save the world
Pg Virginia 1: Labor Unions responsible for all that is good
Pg 10: House (that’s the Republican’s) not likely to help Obama create jobs
Carl Marx is the answer to our economic challenges, the Republicans want the American working people to be unemployed and all would be great if only the labor unions controlled and ran our businesses.
Today’s editorial table of education, unemployment and salary certainly and starkly highlights the “facts of life” that every teacher tells their students, many of whom respond with the three Ds: Disrespect, Disregard and Defiance. These responses are at the root of the deterioration of the family unit, compounded by the public education system’s inability to manage or change bad behavior.
The Page 11 Pro-Union Editorial was a disappointment. My father was a union member and benefited from that brotherhood. I was a union member and later as an engineer worked in harmony with union members. The key to unionism not mentioned in this editorial is the critical element of team-partnership.
There can be real success where unions and management work together for the common good of growing and maintaining a healthy business with appropriate rewards for the employees.
For mutual success management must treat employees with respect and dignity and unions need to constrain “firebrand” members who seek power through intimidation of both management and fellow members.
During the past 30 years the public has soured on unions because of their abuse of their powers. A prime example is last year’s ugly brawl in Wisconsin where government worker unions clearly were abusing taxpayers and the school systems.
Two states that are in very bad business and financial condition: California and NY.
They are the personification of union power and abuses. Compare them to Virginia, “A Right to Work State” in which government and business and labor and taxpayers all benefit from a business friendly environment.
Anyone who thinks that what we need now are labor union work-stoppages and strikes and demands for massive additional pay and benefits certainly doesn’t understand our current massive and critical challenges. Clearly they will be voting for Obama -again.