Aiding Sandy's victims I
The ignorance of Jay Lynch's letter “Big government to the rescue” (Nov. 11 and TribLIVE.com) is simply offensive. The people of New York and New Jersey have no option but to turn to government and the unions for help; these are not right-to-work areas.
Workers from right-to-work states spent countless hours driving to New Jersey, only to be stopped by union workers. Imagine coming to help people in need, only to get called offensive names and told to turn around by the people you came to help.
The mayor of New York waited until the last hour to cancel the marathon — a no-brainer considering the starting point was devastated by the storm. For days, thousands of bottles of water stayed in storage and generators sat idle.
And then there's FEMA closing its doors because of (drumroll, please) the weather! FEMA was created for these specific events!
No one talks about the hundreds of lifesaving operations done every day by nonunion doctors, or the manufacturing, mining and power generation that occurs in nonunion facilities, which far outnumber union facilities.
Beating your chest for unions and government during a disaster like this serves no purpose, especially when ignoring the facts.