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The real facts

February 17, 2014

The public needs to know the real facts behind the political battles raging in Harrisburg....

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CarlHiller

Feb-17-14 5:19 AM

These are not real facts! These are really big lies! Read the legislation in both the House and the Senate, they are only 2 pages long and state nothing as to what this so-called teacher writes about. This is what we allow our children to be taught by, no wonder we have so many issues today.

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Ritty77

Feb-17-14 5:40 AM

Reprint.

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That Tom Wolf has an impressive resume. He says he'll "be a different kind of governor." I'm not sure we need a different kind of governor.

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Premier

Feb-17-14 5:47 AM

Write a check. Problem solved.

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JabbaTheHutt

Feb-17-14 6:09 AM

Agree Ritty. Didn't we end up with a different kind of President? We sure as heck didn't need him either.

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Garben78

Feb-17-14 6:39 AM

This lte must believe we are all blind idiots like her and her colleagues. How much more shall we give you to work your part time job?

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JohnFoote

Feb-17-14 6:39 AM

Ritty~You are totally misguided if you truely think that one term Tom doesn't need to be booted out in November. Corbutt has done so much damage to our state in three years with his promise of great jobs and wealth for Pa.residents. Recently there was a report that came out on job creation for states and Pa. is running 48th in job creation. With the gas industry here and being centered in the middle of the east coast Pa should and could be in the top ten with different leadership. I and many others in Lycoming County and all over the state are standing behind a new kind of leader who will reinvest in educating our next generation, expand renewable energy, better regulate the gas industry for the benefit of more people than just the corporations, create 382,000 new jobs and support the liberties that all of the people should have, John Hanger has a plan as our next Governor to do this. If you are open minded enough to hear his plan come to Jeremiahs(above the Bullfrog) on 3/6 @ 6:30.

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CaveFelem

Feb-17-14 6:47 AM

If people are going to copy and paste letters, they should say that up front, instead of pretending the letter submitted is from their own thought process.

Go to the Lock Haven Express website, LTE 2/6 "Public needs to know the truth". Here's one of the paragraphs:

"Instead of focusing on how to improve conditions for middle-class families, the governor and his supporters in the General Assembly are now pushing bills that would prohibit me from making voluntary payroll deductions, and eliminate my right to choose which organizations I support."

Sound familiar?

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eriklatranyi

Feb-17-14 7:02 AM

Reprint from the mindless.

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idiottwo

Feb-17-14 7:14 AM

With some homework you'll have a more credible position. Disapointed in your blind perceptions backed by polititcal spin and hack.

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mikekerstetter

Feb-17-14 8:01 AM

The bills presented are focused on stopping electronic transfers of union dues and PAC donations from public employees. It is being done under the pretense that it costs taxpayers money to collect and disperse these funds. The truth is that it costs nothing to do electronic transfers. Many things can be and are deducted from paychecks at no cost. Electronic payroll deposits are mandatory in most places just for the reason that it is a no-cost alternative to printing checks.

These bills, in reality, are an attack on public employee unions.

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mahs81

Feb-17-14 8:03 AM

That's what your $98,000 plus a year PSEA Uniserve Rep told you to write. I feel so sorry that he/she may lose their "middle class" job because my elected officials want it so you have to write your own check to him. Maybe once you see how much of your pay check is without the government paying your Uniserve Rep, you'll realize that it is actually he/she that is killing your middle class.

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mahs81

Feb-17-14 8:05 AM

"These bills, in reality, are an attack on public employee unions."

And what is wrong with that?

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mikekerstetter

Feb-17-14 8:13 AM

mahs81-"And what is wrong with that?"

Why would you deny public sector employees the right to do something that all private sector employees can do?

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johnnyad3

Feb-17-14 8:18 AM

There is a campaign that started decades ago, and recently strengthened, to get rid of unions for good. Removal of payroll deductions, and like Mike said doesn't cost taxpayers anything, is one attack in the bigger battle for the anti-union attack team.

Another prong of attack is right to work legislation.

It's interesting, there was another article today - what's on your mind section - where the guy was worried about the middle class. He was saying $7.35 was not enough of a wage for people. He doesn't realize there are powerful people in the country with followers that don't want minimum wages or unions. Their fight won't be over until unions are eliminated completely.

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SteelerFan

Feb-17-14 8:20 AM

I stop listening to Tom Wolfe as soon as the TV ad starts, 'I'm Tom Wolfe, Democratic candidate for governor'

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enigma

Feb-17-14 8:22 AM

It's all a lie. But then it's what the union is telling them, so they believe it. The bill does not keep her from voluntarily paying her dues by payroll deduction, it prohibits the union from taking it involuntarily. You would think that a teacher would be smart enough to find and read a two page bill before making a fool of herself with a letter filled with lies and propaganda like this. Maybe we should reconsider her employment.

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johnnyad3

Feb-17-14 8:28 AM

It is not taken out involuntarily. Payroll deduction is presented in negotiations and, if accepted accepted by both sides, democratically voted on by the union before the contract is settled.

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farmer

Feb-17-14 8:30 AM

Garben78: "This lte must believe we are all blind idiots like her and her colleagues. How much more shall we give you to work your part time job?"

Educate yourself, This urban myth that teachers don't work hard is embarrassing. There are "blind idiots" on this post but it's not this teacher.

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Capricorn1

Feb-17-14 8:38 AM

There was a time when Civil Service used to be a way to give back to your country such as the military. Not so much anymore.

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mikekerstetter

Feb-17-14 8:39 AM

enigma-"It's all a lie."

The Bill: Section 705.1 . (a) Membership dues deductions and politica l contributions collected by the employer shall not be subject to bargaining for public employes covered under this act. Any collective bargaining agreement entered into after the effective date of this section with public employes shall not contain such provisions."

They are taking away the ability for the Unions to collectively bargain over collect union dues. The purpose of this is to stop collecting dues.

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enigma

Feb-17-14 8:39 AM

"Another prong of attack is right to work legislation." - johnnyad3

Since when is allowing people do decide whether or not they want to join an organization and attack on the organization? It's called freedom and in too many states, employees don't have it. I once worked at a company where the union was trying to "organize" the workers. They promised me a 2% reduction in pay and for that they wanted to take 5% of my pay. It would appear that I was better at bargaining than the union. Had the other employees been dumb enough to vote the union in, I would have been forced to loose 7% of my pay because it was not a right to work state. That and the fact that unions are basically Communist organizations is why I don't like them.

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enigma

Feb-17-14 8:43 AM

Mike, I see the problem now, you can't read. What that means is that the union cannot require the employer, in this case the state to withhold the dues, not that the employee cannot have them withheld. It makes it truly voluntary as this teacher says she wants. So, where's the problem?

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mikekerstetter

Feb-17-14 8:48 AM

Capricorn1-"There was a time when Civil Service used to be a way to give back to your country such as the military."

It still is. According to "Out of Balance? Comparing Public and Private Sector Compensation Over 20 Years" put out by the "Center for State and Local Government Excellence" and "National Institute on Retirement Security", most public service employees, when compared to their private sector counterparts and using factors like education level and job hazards, are compensated less than their private sector counterparts, even with pension and health benefits factored in.

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CMReeder

Feb-17-14 8:50 AM

Good letter!

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SteelerFan

Feb-17-14 8:55 AM

Kiss of death.

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