Food service staff should organize
After being part of a grassroots effort to organize the company where I was employed, I read the story of Westerville Starbucks and their early stages unite with great interest.
Due to the pandemic, many companies, some that had existed for many years, have disappeared. Today, the companies that survived problems with staff planning because there is a large section of the local population who are not willing to go back to work.
It’s not just Starbucks and money is not the problem.
The hourly wage at Starbucks, $ 17 an hour, is not too shabby to make a cup of coffee. But changes in how tips are handled, now it’s a real one reason to organize.
Wendy’s, McDonalds, Burger King and Taco Bell employees should pay close attention to the outcome of Starbucks’ search for representation and possibly also follow suit and organize for tips.
Miles C. Larrick, Dublin
‘All life means something’, a ‘sane’ thing to say
Stan Fulk’s reply letter of May 17, “Menthol cigarettes do not discriminate“to Stephanie Hightower’s column on May 15th“Menthol, flavored tobacco should be banned,” about the devastation caused by targeted advertising to colored people provides yet another example of our refusal to acknowledge our nation’s innate racial inequalities.
Fulk’s letter concludes with “… all life matters.”
Of course they do.
But for someone to say “all life matters” in response to someone else’s listing of the targeting of a life-threatening product to a particular group (in this case racial minorities) is a refusal to acknowledge how racism works.
My mother died 20 years ago of pancreatic cancer, so I consciously support cancer research, period.
But if I followed Fulk’s reasoning, I could criticize and casually downplay Susan G. Komen’s Race for the Cures focus. breast cancer with an insane “all cancers matter.”
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Of course they do. But to reject how the company’s promotion of a product that causes one potentially fatal disease within a particular group in a particular way – especially a group that continues to suffer from the nation’s legacy of centuries of deadly racial discrimination – shows a lack of both judgment and compassion.
Attitudes and influences based on race do not matter because “all life matters”? Tell it to Black victims in Buffalo.
Steve Abbott, Columbus
COVID-19 is still here
I wholeheartedly enjoy reading articles on developments of our fight against COVID-19.
Although many people have rejected its relevance after the initial vaccinations and declining numbers, COVID-19 is still widespread in our day-to-day life. Seeing successful boosters being approved for the younger demographic is celebrating scientific advances.
Despite the fact that life is returning to “normal” for most of the Columbus population, it is still imperative to keep the public informed of the pandemic.
To find articles on the continuation of the COVID-19 effort, which f May 17 USA Today article“The FDA authorizes Pfizer COVID vaccine boosters for children 5 to 11,” is so important to me because it conveys that The Dispatch is doing its best to keep everyone informed.
Emerson Eickholt, Dublin