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Do the math: Right-to-work makes great sense at Free Press

By Joel Thurtell Excellent article by Detroit Free Press editorial editor Stephen Henderson explaining why “right to work makes absolutely no sense for Michigan.” Sound arguments all the way. I agree 100 percent. One fact not mentioned: The Detroit News … Continue reading

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Screwing themselves

By Joel Thurtell Workers of Michigan! Did you vote Republican? The Republican-run Michigan Legislature just passed right-to-work legislation that will ban closed shops. Without discussion, without committee meetings or public hearings, the Legislature stole from citizens the right to bargain … Continue reading

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Peace Corps needs a union

By Joel Thurtell The Peace Corps does not need a cascade of new laws designed to force its administrative caste to treat the flunky class — volunteers — like human beings. What Peace Corps volunteers need is a union. Recent … Continue reading

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Plugging their ears

The strike took an unusually nasty tone. — The New York Times, April 4, 2011, writing about the strike of Detroit Symphony Orchestra musicians By Joel Thurtell Strikes are by their nature nasty things. Maybe the Times art critic who … Continue reading

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MSU’s ‘diversity’ lesson

By Joel Thurtell “Diversity: full circle” is the title of a discussion on the program of Michigan State University’s centennial celebration of 100 years of journalism mis-education in East Lansing. Sorry, slip of the tongue. They’re in fact celebrating a … Continue reading

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DSO fans — let’s strike!

By Joel Thurtell Ticket holders of the DSO unite! You have nothing to lose but your claims! Claims to refunds from Detroit Symphony Orchestra management for failing to deliver a season of great concert music. DSO management is dealing unfairly … Continue reading

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Bashing musicians at the News

By Joel Thurtell The Detroit News was huffing and puffing when their editorial writers advised striking Detroit Symphony Orchestra musicians that “union-protected jobs with six-figure salaries are scarce in today’s Michigan.┬áThe musicians should hang on to theirs with both hands, … Continue reading

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Letter to The Times

To: Editor, The Rodent Times From: Bertha Rat, Chair-Rodent, Rat Anti-Discrimination League and Executive Ratperson, National Academy of Research Rats To the Editor: I have addressed my concerns to the editor of joelontheroad.com about a recent slur against all ratkind … Continue reading

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Apologia

By Joel Thurtell I want to apologize for a recent blog column in which I compared three Gannett honchos to pigs for splitting 10.6 million in salary and bonus bucks while firing 6,000 workers and asking the ones who remained … Continue reading

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Maunderings of a media mogul

A play in one act By Joel Thurtell The hero of our new unillustrated, eponymous comic strip is the head of a once huge media company hard-hit by an economic recession. He is struggling with the same moral issues that … Continue reading

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