Are these rights or perks?
Re: “Severance pay should be an employment right,” June 29 guest commentary
Rachel Arnow-Richman suggests severance pay should be a right. Every time you turn around, there is a call for a new “right.”
The Declaration of Independence is clear: we have “certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” The list does not include the deliverance of happiness by government mandate.
Paid family medical leave, free college, Medicare for all. Where will it end? I see there is a push in France to move to a 28-hour workweek from 35 hours with about five weeks of paid time off.
Years ago, I worked for a company where the first page of the policy manual declared: Individual responsibility is the thing. Where is the individual responsibility in all this?
Bill Ferguson, Buena Vista
Putting opinion in its place
The cartoon on the Wednesday opinion page ironically highlighted a certain mindset. The front page, or even the financial, sports, lifestyle, or even weather pages, are not a platform for conservative opinions (or liberal opinions), which is as it should be. The whole notion that journalists should be a platform for political opinions instead of facts is nonsense. Even the conservative Wall Street Journal makes the distinction between news and conservative opinions, putting each in its place.
Bill Goodrich, Englewood
Firefighters saved our home
Re: “Evacuations lifted as ﬁre is 100% contained,” June 30 news story
The talented and highly trained firefighters of South Metro Fire Rescue, and the other departments who joined them, deserve our most heartfelt thanks and sincerest gratitude for fighting the Chatridge 2 fire, which directly threatened our home and the BackCountry neighborhood on Monday.
The brush fire, sparked by a malfunctioning electrical pole near U.S. 85, grew quickly with the extreme wind and dry conditions and charged up the ridge toward us. South Metro mobilized early and continued to span the ever-changing area of the fire with their brush trucks, which we could watch from the windows of our home.
Then … the planes! As soon as the aircraft arrived, they began a precisely placed, well-orchestrated, and aggressive assault of slurry and water dumps. This stopped the fire from jumping the road and burning our homes.
Lastly, the ground crews came in to cut swaths, dig trenches and squelch hot spots. This whole process was swift from beginning to end, with no time wasted in containing the fire, which ultimately meant no structures or lives were lost. Kudos to the fire chief and his crews, for such a beautifully executed service to the public.
We are indebted to these firefighters, on the ground and in the air. They were invaluable to BackCountry during this fire, serving us bravely and courageously. Thank you!
Kami Holt, Highlands Ranch
Opposed to unions for state staff
Re: “A win for big labor and a loss for Colo. taxpayers, workers,” June 30 guest commentary
Thank you, Maxford Nelsen, for a breath of fresh air concerning the passage of House Bill 1153, which permits collective bargaining for union state employees. The public sector is different from the private sector; the services they provide and the source of their paychecks are not the same. As a taxpayer, I am directly impacted when civil servants strike and have no choice to shop elsewhere for their services. I am opposed to unions for public employees in general, and this is a big step in the wrong direction.
Cathy Beimers, Arvada