Republicans out to destroy our way of life


Editor: I find it dangerous what Republicans, state and federal, are doing with laws and attempts to pass or repeal legislation. The Jan. 3 edition of this paper included an article about HB 25, a second attempt by Republican Rep. Scott Plakon to separate and divide Americans based on political whims by changing public-sector union-forming rules — except for first responders — via the legislative process.

Plakon is arbitrarily going after one group now. Don’t be surprised when the Republicans target first responder union rules in the future. Though I’m retired now, I was a union member for 20 years, when most of my coworkers were full time and the part timers had medical benefits.

My company, of mostly union workers, was taken over by a larger corporation with employees who were non-union. The rest is history. It mostly outsourced jobs to companies that offer zero benefits. And with employees still on the payroll, a hefty increase in part-timers with zero benefits.

In Gov. Rick Scott’s view, it should take a supermajority, two-thirds of the state legislature, to pass future tax increases.

And of course, up in Washington, Republicans want to repeal Obamacare on the slimest of margins. The Republicans of today are out to destroy the rich and decent fabric of American life. This country needs more stable ideas and pursuits from its so-called leaders.

Jeffrey Shourds

St. Augustine