Letter to the Editor

Union executives' war views don't reflect members

Tuesday, February 4, 2003

To the editor:

I was not surprised to hear a report from Iraq stating that if the United States invades Iraq, suicide bombers would be dispatched to carry out retaliation against the United States and her allies. What more does it take to prove that Iraq, under the leadership of Saddam Hussein, poses a clear and present danger to the people of this great country?

On Jan. 14, the American Postal Workers' Union's executive board passed a resolution saying it did not agree with the potential war with Iraq. I contend that the executive board was well aware that this resolution would be portrayed as the position of every dues-paying member of the APWU.

The resolution passed by the executive board of the APWU is a disgrace. It is a case of classic pandering for liberal support.

I urge every APWU member who feels that this country still stands for something great to contact the union's national leaders as well as their elected government officials and express their honest feelings about the resolution.

When do we find our battle worth fighting? Do we wait until everything is lost? Are we content to suffer in silence and point our fingers when everything falls down? This country was founded by men who found the strength to undertake a great struggle for independence and freedom. These men knew the consequences of failure and moved forward with a spirit of people who knew the meaning of true loss and suffering. Can we afford to fail now?

VERN DAVIDSON JR.

Scott City