To the editor of THE EAGLE:
The picture of state Senator Benjamin Downing and the other politicians "walking a mile in her shoes" (Eagle, Sept. 20) reminded me of how well Sen. Downing (D) supported the workers at Cranwell only a short time ago.
Certainly The Eagle and your readers will remember the headline article of October 14, 2011, "Cranwell Resort Agrees to Pay..." In case you don’t, it is worth noting again: Democratic state Senator, Ben Downing had filed legislation to weaken employee protections for wage non-payment contained in a 1952 law which was strengthened in 2004, thereby making the weakening retroactive to the September, 2004 date. This was a clear attempt to undo all the meaningful court decisions that have gone against employers the last seven years. Cranwell settled its case with its workers for a huge amount of money. It should be noted that the majority of those who would have been affected by Downing’s sponsored legislation are women.
And, in response to another recent letter writer who closed his letter to The Eagle with his two "favorite" quotes, I’ll close with two of my favorites. "To be young and not liberal shows you have no heart: to be older and not conservative shows you have no brain." Author unknown.
Finally, Aristotle said "Youth is easily deceived because it is quick to hope." He was correct. And that’s how we got "change." Now, five years into "change," we are left with little hope.