Readers Write, 7/23

EMPLOYMENT

FedEx argument shaky

David J. Bronczek’s arguments regarding proposed changes in labor law provisions as applied to his company and UPS appear weak, and are clearly self-serving (“Congress shouldn’t tinker with labor law in fragile economy,” Opinion, July 14). UPS began as a ground package carrier, but expanded into an air shipper. Fed-Ex began as an air shipper, and expanded into the ground package market. Today, both compete directly in ground and air worldwide shipping. Yet these companies operate under different rules and regulations that provide FedEx a clear competitive advantage. Proposed legislation would put both on the same playing field, with the same rules and the same referees. As for the argument about messing with the rules in this economic environment — it is even shakier in its logic. Now is the time to balance the scales, and address commonality of regulations so as to assure survival of the most efficient and competitive business plan.

Bob Peterson, Brooks

ENVIRONMENT

Gingrich shilling for oil

I have one question for Newt Gingrich concerning his opinion about off-shore drilling: Who is paying you to speak such drivel? The mantra in politics is, “Follow the money,” so I figure that you are being paid by Dick Cheney’s oil pals to support the old, tired saw that America is vulnerable because we’re not raping the ocean to support our appetite for fossil fuel. Thank goodness that President Obama and the more forward-thinking members of Congress realize that weaning ourselves off of oil supplied by people who don’t like us is the best policy for America.

Phil Manson, Conyers

Bottled water, meet EPA

Re “Stricter labeling urged for bottled water” (ajc.com, July 9): I applaud Congress for demanding that bottled water be held to the same standards as tap. If the reliable water that flows from our municipal systems has consistently met EPA quality guidelines, bottled water corporations should be federally obligated to follow suit. I am concerned as an Atlanta citizen about bottled water corporations’ lack of transparency, because Coke is headquartered here. If corporations like Coke refuse to correct their course, public backlash will most certainly do that for them.

Eliza Reock, Atlanta

HEALTH CARE

Workers needs basics

For every working-class citizen in this country, there is no substitute to nationalized health care. If we have health insurance through our jobs, we get the insurance we are given with little choice. If we do get sick, we will probably lose our jobs, and with them, affordable health insurance. How much does that cost our country? Take the profit out of the insurance companies, and we can pay for basic health care. Let’s make the insurance companies compete for our business, with real value and reliable accountability

Gail Horwitz, Lawrenceville