Arguing whether the business owner or consumer is the job creator seems fruitless to me. No business will succeed without both.
Take an appliance store, for example. The owner invests a lot of money getting it off the ground with inventory, rent and employees. The owner created jobs, and when times are good, he or she makes a lot more money than the employees, as it should be.
This certainly is not socialism. The owner takes pride in ownership, and, if there is a need, will hire more salespeople, delivery people and office help. When times are bad, those extra employees are the first to go. The owner will have many sleepless nights. If things get bad enough, as we see every day, the business will fold.
If I want to upgrade to a fancy gas stove from my old electric model, I first have to hire a plumber to put in the line, which gives him work, and then feel secure enough to spend money on the stove. Otherwise, I wait, even if I am down to two working burners.
The people in the 1 percent might buy a few more appliances than I would for all their homes, but how many refrigerators can one family use?
What is needed to keep businesses afloat are lots of middle-class people with the money to buy things. Republicans allude casually to the consumer as being needed, but do not give him or her weight equal to that of the employer. I bet many employers whose businesses folded in the bad economy would beg to differ.
Delivered, as expected
Dr. Tim Stover displayed exceedingly poor judgment in engaging Laura Ingraham as the keynote speaker at the Akron General Health System’s celebration.
It was a foregone conclusion she would denigrate the Affordable Care Act. Allowing her to do so during the celebration of an important anniversary of an Akron medical facility adds insult to injury.
Paying Ingraham a speaker’s fee to spread her antagonistic views of the Affordable Care Act without offering a rebuttal was a travesty.
Milton I. Wiskind
Stand against ‘stand your ground’
Before “stand your ground” laws, self-defense statements were obviously self-serving.
As several recent news items have shown, and E.J. Dionne’s recent column points out (“A power shift to those who carry weapons,” Feb. 21), what we used to call people “looking for trouble” can, with the protection of “stand your ground,” and armed with a gun, react excessively to situations.
They can up the stakes and respond with bullets when confronted with loud music, persons from a different race or popcorn thrown in a movie theater, when no weapons are evident on those killed. The shooters say they “felt threatened.”
So what if the second parties felt threatened by the shooter, took out a weapon and shot the original shooter? Then they could say, “I stood my ground, I felt threatened,” and ask for leniency.
In “stand your ground” states, in situations like these, it sounds like the one who shoots first and cries foul would be the winner.
Our culture needs to take steps toward becoming a more civil society, not one that encourages people to shoot first and say they felt threatened later.
We do not need laws in Ohio that increase legal ambiguity and, in effect, promote pre-emptive killing. Just say no to “stand your ground” in Ohio.
Fair punishment for the offense
Sam Wheeler should be suspended for at least the remainder of the season. Earlier this month, Wheeler made multiple posts on social media and used homophobic slurs regarding Missouri’s openly gay Michael Sam (“Wrestler suspended for anti-gay tweets,” Feb. 11).
In response, Kent State University coach Jim Andrassy said that Wheeler “will be suspended indefinitely while we determine the best course of action moving forward.”
Although suspending Wheeler for the season may, to some, be too severe, I believe it is not harsh enough. Allowing an athlete who represents Kent State University to express views that alienate certain groups is absurd.
I believe Wheeler made a mistake and deserves to face severe consequences. Some argue that he should not be punished because this is a free speech situation.
When Wheeler alienated Sam and others, he brought negative attention to Kent State. That is where, as a Kent State representative, he overstepped his boundaries.
The university then had the right to intervene. It has had enough time to review this case. Wheeler should receive a yearlong suspension with the possibility of further punishment.
Where campaign money flows
I recently listened to Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader, comment that the horror stories from people having problems with the Affordable Care Act were all lies. He went on to blame the Koch brothers for funding ads against the act and giving big chunks of money to conservative causes.
But of the top 17 donors from 1989 to 2014, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, 13 gave to Democrats, with the rest giving to both parties. Koch Industries came in at No. 59, with $18 million to the Republicans.
It would appear that we are having another one of those “if you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan” or “we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it” moments.
Sometimes it’s easy to understand why politicians have such low popularity rankings.