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October 22, 2013

Dear Editor, Who is behind the deceptively named "workplace freedom" effort in Ohio? You can bet it isn't worker....

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turley

Oct-22-13 12:58 PM

I have chided Ben Lofton in the past because I disagree with most of his views, but I will say this for him--he is honest, he is sincere. He isnt just peddling an ideology that he doesnt truly believe in....and that is to be admired. Unfortunately, NONE of the aforementioned positive attributes to be applied to ANY current union leader or democrat today. Keep speaking your mind, Ben. Some day you will find your calling and you will be a fine business leader. You will someday actually provide jobs for folks in this area, and I mean that sincerely. You have a good heart and you are quite well versed....put those gifts to good use...dont waste them on a bunch of charlatans.

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Thoughtful

Oct-22-13 2:53 PM

shall we closely review the giving, large contributions, and economic support for the Democrat party?????? What is good for the goose is also good for the gander............. You mentioned only one side of the story. Un fair, biased, and not consistent. You lose credibility with your letter. If you want it applied equally across the board, then you have an argument...................

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promo61

Oct-22-13 10:02 PM

Ditto for my experience with Ben. He can be engaging and is passionate about his stance. One of those guys you would rather have on your team.

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turley

Oct-23-13 2:23 AM

Promo....Ben says he is in his 30's now.....which puts him just about where we all were in our "change the world" days! He is about right on schedule with the old political saying that "a man who is not a liberal at 30 has no heart, while a man who is not conservative by 50 has no brain." A guy like Ben can redirect his energy and do a lot of good. Though I disagree with many of his statements, I know the day will come when he will also disagree with them!

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promo61

Oct-23-13 7:37 AM

Yeah, I had the world in my pocket too. Or so I imagined.

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benlofton

Oct-23-13 6:57 PM

Turley, Thank you for your kind words! But the only business that I am interested in is the business of organizing workers against massive income inequality and greed. You mention that no positive attributes can be applied to union leaders or democrats. The gop has shown time and again that their hate for our President is much stronger than their love for America. I doubt very seriously that I will become a conservative, even in old age. My grandfather passed away in Nov. 2008 at the age of 87 but not before he proudly cast his vote for President Obama. In order to be a conservative you have to have a money first mentality, I have a people first mentality. I brought nothing into this world and can take nothing out. But I will have a clear conscious that I fought to help the poor, and not through charity, but rather by helping them to take care of themselves, helping them get a fair share of the wealth that they have created.

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Thoughtful

Oct-23-13 8:14 PM

Mr. Ben, I take strong issue with your comment that conservative individuals look at money first and that Progressives are concerned with people first. Many individuals both conservative and progressive support charities, help the needy, volunteer time, and support many causes. That statement just is unfair and boundless. Many large corporations have contributed millions to charity. We can disagree on politics but please do not make such a blanket statement. This country is full of generous people Democrat, Republican, and Indepentent.

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benlofton

Oct-23-13 8:54 PM

Thoughtful,If conservatives are so generous then why do they fight relentlessly against workers organizing together to bargain with their employer? If conservatives are so generous why do they constantly support cuts to social safety nets and lower taxes for the rich, yet fight to keep wages low? You mention charity, the rich could keep their charity if workers made a living wage. The rich contribute to charity to keep the poor wanting and needing of them and desiring their favor. The rich love to say "look at all that I have done for you". In short rich conservatives want us dependent upon them and their charity rather than workers standing up, uniting and taking care of themselves.

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promo61

Oct-23-13 8:56 PM

I cannot recall the hate word being so liberally used as it is now. I suppose progressives "disagreed" with President Bush on policy matters? They called him far worse things than anything republicans have said, yet the GOP is the party of hate according to liberals.

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benlofton

Oct-23-13 9:19 PM

Promo61, I don't recall ever saying that bush was not a "real" American. I don't recall anyone constantly saying his middle name as racist slur. I also don't recall racist slurs being yelled at people such as the tea party has to Rep. John Lewis, who was beaten fighting for equality. I don't know of any liberals who seek to deprive people of their voting rights.

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turley

Oct-24-13 1:33 PM

The current rate of unemployment among adults with disabilities (including veterans) is just over 66%. They want a job because WHAT you do is just as important as WHO you are....its a dimension of a persons identity.....it does NOT matter to these good folks whether the job is union or not. Your talents might better be served by contacting the Ohio Dept. of Vocational Rehabilitation than by churning out this stuff. The simple facts are right in front of your face, Ben......just like a sad line from a Springsteen tune....the employers are gone....the jobs are gone....and the unions are gone....and they AINT coming back, no matter who or what you blame for their demise....but those disabled vets ARE here...put your energy where your mouth is.

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benlofton

Oct-24-13 9:20 PM

I guess us poor folks are ok, as long as we're kept in our place

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Zetorshaun

Oct-24-13 10:19 PM

If unions and workers are so smart and wonderful why don't they start and own companies? They have very neatly run corporations, cola, and steel out of the Ohio Valley. If corporations are bad the utopia of socialism is available elsewhere. Why don't the unions buy Ormet or GM and run them? Right to work laws create jobs, reduce taxes, and represent freedom. Jealousy because of individual good fortune or luck is worse than some individual corporate theft, which is reprehensible...but no more so than union corruption and their collaboration with crooked politicians.

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jonetu

Oct-24-13 10:48 PM

These fat cat republicans cannot stand a worker making a decent living because when workers make a decent living it cuts a little into their profit.

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jonetu

Oct-24-13 10:52 PM

I was conservative until I hit 40. Then I realized in order to be a true gop member you must put business before people, profits before ethics,environment, and working families.

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turley

Oct-28-13 11:02 AM

wow, jonetu----you just described obama to the letter!!!...but he is NOT a republican....of course, he is NOT a democrat, either!

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promo61

Oct-28-13 11:35 AM

The biggest lie the Democrat party sells is the belief that only one party owns the state of the nation. If that works in your spiteful, jealous world then so be it. Capitalism will not feel sorry for you. Ask your party why they don't support campaign finance reform or term limits.

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