Owners think readers don’t like ‘good’ news

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Miami County for two great years of service.

Without going into detail, my services as managing editor of the Peru Tribune were no longer needed and my employment was terminated by someone in Marion. Now that may sound strange, but it’s part of the synergy gimmick that the aforementioned newspaper and its owners are trying.

In two years, I helped rebuild several relationships that were estranged, and put out what I considered to be a positive local newspaper. However, I was told positive papers don’t sell, even though our circulation numbers belied that fact.

But, with life being what it is and my Generation X mentality, I haven’t dwelled on what’s happened, but used it to reinforce to everyone I know that micromanagement just isn’t the way to go.

I ran the paper honestly and fairly, told the stories that needed to be told and celebrated all the good times that happened in Miami County. Now, without me, the news staff of the Peru Tribune is down to just three, with a go-between sports writer puppeteered through Marion to “help out” whenever needed.

I guest I’m just a stubborn hillbilly who’s OK being unemployed – at least for having a backbone and standing up for what I believed in.

Thanks, Miami County, for two super years. I hope I served you well.

Aaron Turner, Roann

U.S. lectures Europe on deficit spending?

I think it is the height of hypocrisy when the U.S. secretary of the Treasury, Timothy Geithner, is in Europe telling them that they must reduce their deficit spending or they will endanger the economic recovery. I did not like the rate of President Bush’s spending increases and wrote about that. President Obama’s administration is increasing the federal debt at four times the rate that President Bush did. I don’t see how Obama through Geithner can lecture the Europeans about their deficits and debt and ignore the same thing in the United States. Oh, and by the way, they are still blaming Bush.

Economics 101 says if wages of a company are raised higher than its competitors that it will lose money and go out of business. When Congress passed the last minimum wage bill, raising the level to $7.25 per hour, it did not include the usual past exclusion for American Samoa, even though it pleaded with Congress to do so. Now companies are closing their plants in American Samoa because they cannot compete against lower cost countries like Thailand. For example, Star-Kist is now operating at a loss in Samoa and its employment has dropped from 3,000 to 1,200 since the forced wage hike.

Congress could just reverse the minimum wage requirement for American Samoa and employment would come back, but it won’t. Instead it is going to send $18 million there to subsidize its mistake. Stupid.

The Samoans would much rather have jobs at $4 per hour than no job at $7.25. November is coming and I can hardly wait to vote against the incompetents in Congress. Unfortunately they are not all up for re-election.

James D. Boyd, Ph.D., Galveston

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