Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Posted: Friday, February 25, 2011 8:01 pm

To The Editor,

No sooner had the words been spoken, “Union City Goodyear to Close,” when people were weighing in with their opinions. Facebook friends offered their sympathies, while on “topix” all those anonymous people were actually rejoicing. 

I was appalled at the sheer number of malicious, narrow-minded and hateful people that were blatantly overjoyed to hear the news because in their opinion, all Goodyear employees are lazy snobs and drug addicts that make too much money. Anyone that judges an entire group of people based only on a few are basically showing their ignorance.

Yes, Goodyear has had its share of employees who have made a career of “workman comp injuries,” those who have abused FMLA and those who try to get by with doing as little work as possible. The same can be said for the majority of workplaces in every walk of life. But there are far more employees who are honest, hard-working, dependable and caring people — people that I am proud to know and call my friends, both hourly workers and supervisors. 

And we are just trying to make a living like all of those who “hate us.” Maybe some of these people are ones that actually got hired at Goodyear, but quit because of the intense heat, cold and physically, draining work.

Then, lo and behold, a man from Humboldt has the solution for saving our jobs. What a shock for us to learn, it’s actually the union that is closing down our plant. It is the unions that are shaking down corporations for more money and benefits. And this man’s grandfather retired from Goodyear. Maybe this man needs a reality check. We went on strike in 2006 to protect the benefits enjoyed by the retirees. 

Does the man actually believe the insurance benefits enjoyed by his grandfather were given to him freely by Goodyear? They were negotiated by the union. In other negotiations, we tried to save the jobs of the janitors, yard crew and those in truck maintenance shop. We weren’t asking for more “stuff.” We were trying to keep our fellow workers on the job. The comment that “the greed of the union has caused the plant to become unprofitable” is so far off the mark it is laughable. I realize it is human nature to try and place blame, so where does he place the blame for all the local plants that have closed that did not have unions?

If you want to lay blame, how about laying that at the feet of the government that continues to allow corporations to move their facilities overseas, exploiting those workers by paying them 56 cents an hour while you continue to pay full price for their products. 

The fact is that the Goodyear shareholders wanted to make money; the announcement was made, stock went up, thousands of shares were traded, money was made.

And now for the consequences: 1,990 Goodyear employees and hundreds of others in our region will also lose their jobs. People working in all types of businesses in our area, with a varying pay scale, will be unemployed because of the economic backlash that will come with the closing of our plant. 

Meanwhile, Akron has to try to figure out where all the tires built in Union City are going to come from, especially since the Union City plant is the only one that has consistently made the ticket. The plant in China is the intended producer of the tires; it is not up and running. The other North American plants can’t meet their ticket and have been unable to build the high-end tires that Union City builds.

As for the union; yes, mistakes have been made by union officials. Presidents have been more concerned with personal gain than what was best for the membership. Wrongs have been done. But, after all is said and done, our union is pro-American, which is more than I can say for the corporations.

I feel sure that several of those in management, upon learning what their severance package would consist of, wished they were in the union.

Kathye Stem

South Fulton


To the Editor,

Thanks to the generosity and hard work of a great many people, Weakley County Hunters For The Hungry (HFTH) had another banner year in 2010. The program works like this – hunters bring deer to local processors, who process and deliver the meat to We Care, then We Care dispenses it to needy people in Weakley County. The processors (Birdwell Deer Processing and Kaufman’s Processing) are paid through funds raised by HFTH – all local volunteers. The processors also support the program by charging less to process HFTH deer than their normal processing fee. 

HFTH raises funds in several ways. For example, last year the group held two barbecue meat sales, an Elvis For The Hungry Concert, a fish fry, an MTD lawnmower auction, a breakfast at Bob Peeler’s cabin, a gospel singing event and a Love Offering Day where churches in Weakley County took up special collections to give to the program. 

In addition, numerous gifts were made by individuals and businesses, along with a grant from Modern Woodmen of America. All of these events were made possible only through hundreds of hours of work by dozens of people – most working behind the scene, with little or no recognition. 

We would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank these generous, hard-working people. We also want to thank the deer hunters, who brought in this year’s deer harvest. Without you, and without our volunteers, there would be no program.

In 2010, a total of $21,361 was raised, 251 deer were processed (up 34 percent from last year), and in addition to providing processed venison to We Care, a donation of $8,066 was given to We Care to buy additional domestic meat at reduced prices. The venison alone provided enough meat for 40,662 meals. 

In Weakley County, HFTH is built on this principle – local people paying local processors to process local deer, harvested by local hunters – to feed local people in need. Deer populations are at an all-time high, and the bad economy has placed more people in need than any other time in recent history. We are blessed to live in an area where people are so generous and community minded. Thank you citizens of Weakley County for your generosity!

Jim Byford



To the Editor,

Who shot my cat? He was such a nice cat, never bothered anyone, just liked to take an occasional walk. He was our family pet and the most loving cat you could ever meet. 

He was gone for a few days earlier this week but came back yesterday. He couldn’t walk on his hind leg so we took him to the vet, my three children and I. The vet showed me the x-ray. Our beloved pet had been shot and the result was an irreparable shattered femur. We left him to be euthanized.

Why did you shoot my cat? I know he wasn’t bothering you. Was he just a target for you to use that BB gun you got for Christmas? Are you a kid whose parents don’t know any better than to put a lethal weapon in the hands of a child? Do you get a thrill out of shooting innocent creatures? It sickens me to think what kind of neighbors we live among that would do such a thing.

Kathryn McDonald

McKenzie (Weakley County)


To the Editor,

One can have a house for sale for so much money and will be so happy we have bought a big house. How nice that can be. But, a house is what you bought, not a home, because the house is where the wife and husband will live with their children. “Husbands love your wife as Christ loved the church” – Ephesians 5:25. 

“Wives submit yourselves to your husbands as unto the Lord.” “Children obey your parents in the Lord for this is right” – Ephesians 6:1. 

Now we have a home if things in the family go right. Then and until then all we have is a nice house or good-looking house. Christ died that we might have a good home here and there in Heaven where the spirit of Christ is there. 

That is the spirit that makes our house a home. 

Home sweet home. 

R.C. Nunley


wcp 2/24/11

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