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Posted: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 12:00 am

Our right-wing friends tend to put the heads of corporations and very wealthy businessmen on some sort pedestal close to being gods. My left-wing friends tend to think they are evil incarnate.

The truth is that they are business people whose allegiance is to the bottom line, which to me is quite understandable — and why there is a need for regulation. The recent West Virginia chemical spill is an example of that need.

My right-wing friends think that unions are the road to socialism and are evil incarnate. My left-wing friends think they are God’s gift to humanity and can never do wrong.

Many years ago, being a member of the Teamsters, we voted the people out who were running our local. They mortgaged the union hall and kept the money. That being said, I think unions would do a great bit of good at places like Walmart and fast-food joints.

Are businesses and unions evil? I really could not tell you, but if they are, they are necessary evils.

John Lucas

Lodi

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