Shaun Enright, with a background in union construction trades, is a Toledo City Council member even though he has no experience as an elected official (“Unions’ power debated after Enright selection,” Jan. 14). Some other members of council had no experience when they were elected either, but six of them appointed Mr. Enright.
These council members represent all Toledoans, not just those with whom they share a profession. Mr. Enright will do the same.
Instead of bashing our newest councilman’s character over past indiscretions, people should be celebrating the fact that he recognized that he was on the wrong path early in life and changed direction.
He should be portrayed as a good example to other young people in our city. Give him the chance that he deserves.
Editor’s note: The writer is executive secretary and business manager of the Northwestern Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council.
How many jobs brought by unions?
Now that the unions are openly trying to take over City Council, we should ask: How many jobs have unions brought to Toledo?
Sending jobs overseas hurts
A lot of people support sending jobs overseas if the result is cheaper goods for American consumers (“Michigan and the right-to-work dilemma,” op-ed column, Dec. 16). How many people realize that those lost jobs are the reason for our national debt, our high gasoline prices, and our low housing values?
Right to work not as bad as thought
If right-to-work legislation is so bad for the economy, as the writer of the Jan. 10 Readers’ Forum letter “Right-to-work shaky; just ask S.C.” says, why is the highly unionized Toledo area in such bad financial shape? At least South Carolina got the BMW jobs.
Low-income plan sounds costly
After I read your article about turning the former St. Hedwig School into housing for low-income seniors, I got out my calculator (“Landmark to be preserved,” Dec. 6). Using the numbers in your article, I find that if the project costs $7 million, each of the 41 units would cost $170,731.70.
A 900-square-foot apartment at that cost sounds pretty steep to me.
The rents would have to exorbitant for anyone, much less someone on a limited income.
JOE RAY FERNANDEZ
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