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Public safety bill a hazard

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Now that elections are over, it is appropriate to thank all citizens who ran for public office. People who commit, file and campaign for public office have their own brand of courage and submit themselves to vulnerabilities or disappointments the rest of us scarcely comprehend.

Now, between elections, it is time to address national issues that have local impact. For a starter there is HR1173, the Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act of 1997.Truth in labeling does not apply to law itself, and those high-sounding words are tacked onto an act now making its way through Congress that would enable our federal government to compel local police and firemen, the safety workers, to accept employee rules made in Washington, D.C.

The tricky title of HR1173 started out with 134 co-sponsors and immediately attracted endorsement of 24 GOP members of the House of Representatives. In all fairness, it is right to say that perhaps they did not have time to read the bill or had an eye on the $36 million union bosses poured into 1996 congressional races.

It is sponsored by Democrat Congressman Dale Kildee of Michigan and could be passed into law unless immediate protest is forthcoming from states rights advocates. "What's at stake here is the question of the power of the federal government to dictate issues like this to state government," states David Y. Denholm of the Public Service Research Council.

Here is a chance for all persons who did or did not vote to make themselves heard against compulsory power wielded from Washington.

Thella Brock

St. George