Op-ed columnist Greg R. Lawson makes a poor argument for workplace freedom (“Right-to-work means freedom, choice for Ohio workers,” Feb. 16).
He cites a study that says personal income would be higher if Ohio was a right-to-work state, but doesn’t fully explain the study. It seems he is trying to persuade people by using his opinions and no facts.
Opponents of unions would like people to believe that workers are forced to be in a union. A worker who doesn’t want to be in a union can get a job with a nonunion employer.
It’s difficult to gauge work ethic
Unemployment, skill levels, and jobs can be measured with a degree of accuracy (“Toledo is losing the race for tomorrow’s good jobs,” op-ed column, Feb. 16). But among people who are looking for work is a factor that is difficult to measure, yet probably the most important trait a worker can have.
Business and industry will invest in training for skills, but are reluctant to hire employees who are not productive. It’s too bad we do not have a way to measure what in the past was termed work ethic.
Killing murderers is justice served
The writer of the Jan. 23 Readers’ Forum letter “Death penalty point of revulsion” asked: “Why do we kill people who kill people to show that killing people is wrong?”
A tenet of justice is that a criminal gives back what was taken. But murderers cannot return the life they have taken.
So they are sentenced to prison, usually for a lifetime, but not always. By doing this, we tell society that a murderer’s life is worth more than the victim’s, because the murderer has to give up only part of his or her life.
If we want to impress upon society the sanctity of life, we must require the murderer to surrender something equal in value to what was taken: the murderer’s own life.
Utility gets kudos for quick action
Kudos to Toledo Edison. I submitted a request on its Web site to have someone check the bulb in the streetlight in front of my house.
Right away, I received an email confirmation. Within 36 hours, a Toledo Edison crew fixed the streetlight. I am impressed.