Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion In reference to Frank Coleman’s March 6 letter, there are unions and there are unions. Private-sector unions are and have been badly needed over the years, i.e., to counter the enormous profit pressure on company management. Public-sector unions serve little legitimate purpose, since bureaucrat management is not under similar pressure to control costs. You simply gradually and quietly increase taxes as salaries go up and employees are added.Books have been written arguing the various pros and cons of the above, but fundamentally cost pressure is the issue.Over time, the impact has become huge. For example, the area surrounding the seat of federal government (Washington, D.C.) is by far the richest locale of the nation. Local public-sector workers may manipulate the bureaucratic system and retire on pensions several times that of similar private-sector workers. A private-sector worker can be terminated almost at will; public-sector workers almost cannot be terminated. Now I recognize this is a highly charged, controversial issue. But private and public unions are extremely different in purpose and impact; it could be argued that they should not even be grouped under the same word, union.Clyde MaughanSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Motorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusSchenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crash
The Paddy Power Gold Cup Chase is the feature race this afternoon at 2.25.David Pipe trained King’s Palace is the favourite there, the 7-to-1 shot will be saddled by Tom Scudamore. Each of the Jockeys will wear black armbands in rememberance of last night’s terror attacks.
Accra Hearts of Oak’s most experienced goalkeeper Sammy Adjei have cautioned Coach Duncan for the way he has constantly ignored him in his lineups in the Ghana Premier League.The veteran goalkeeper lauded coach David Duncan for his rotation policy in relation to goalkeeping when Duncan took over from CK Akunnor and has now made U-turn to condemn the policy.The former Black Stars No. 1 is very unhappy that the rotation policy has kept him out of favour suddenly.“What Duncan is doing is very bad, everyone was having the chance to be in the post, match by match but this time he has kept me out despite my consistent training and hardwork and I don’t understand , this shows he doesn’t respect me ” Adjei said.Hearts of Oak currently have three goalkeepers namely Adjei, Tetteh Luggard and Philemon McCarthy and at the beginning of the season it has been Luggard, who has been manning the post with the rest always on the sidelines.But sources within the Hearts fraternity reveals archivals Kotoko have shown interest in signing the experienced goalie for next season.