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PAGE 4 THE FLORALA NEWS - WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13, 2012 Comments Letter to the Editor The Florala News' editorial section is intended to provide our readers and citizens as complete an opportunity to express themselves with as few re- strictions as possible. Profanity, direct or implied, and attacks on one's per- son rather than on actions or deeds are not acceptable. Publication on this page in NO WAY REFLECTS AGREEMENT OR ENDORSEMENT BY THIS NEWSPAPER. Father's Day is coming up this Sunday and I truly hope all the dads out there, especially our "Pops," Bobby Phil- lips, and Amanda's dad, Darryl" Corke, have a happy and fun-filled day. The following is some history on every third Sunday in June from On July 19, 1910, the governor of the U.S. state of Wash- ington proclaimed the nation's first "Father's Day." Howev- er, it was not until 1972, 58 years after President Woodrow Wilson made Mother's Day official, that the day became a nationwide holiday in the United States. MOTHER'S DAY." INSPIRATION FOR FATHER'S DAY The "Mother's Day" we celeb.rate today has its origins in the peace-and-reconciliation campaigns of the post-Civil War era. During the 1860s, at the urging of activist Ann Reeves Jarvis, one divided West Virginia town celebrated "Mother's Work Days" that brought together the mothers of Confederate and Union soldiers. In 1870, the activist Julia Ward Howe issued a "Mother's Day Proclamation" calling on a "general congress of women" to "promote the alliance of the different nationalities, the amicable settlement of in- ternational questions, [and] the great and general interests of peace. " However, Mother's Day did not become a commercial hol- iday until 1908, when--inspired by Jarvis's daughter Anna, who wanted to honor her own mother by making Mother's Day a national holiday--the John Wanamaker department store in Philadelphia sponsored a service dedicated to moth- ers in its auditorium. Thanks in large part to this associa- tion with retailers, who saw great potential for profit in the holiday, Mother's Day caught on right away. In 1909, 45 states observed the day, and in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson approved a resolution that made the second Sunday in May a holiday in honor of "that tender, gentle army, the mothers of America." ORIGINS OF FATHER'S DAY The campaign to celebrate the nation's fathers did not meet with the same enthusiasm--perhaps because, as one florist explained, "fathers haven't the same sentimental ap- peal that mothers have." On July 5, 1908, a West Virginia church sponsored the nation's first event explicitly in hon- or of fathers, a Sunday sermon in memory of the 362 men who had died in the previous December's explosions at the Fairmont Coal Company mines in Monongah, but it was a one-time commemoration and not an annual holiday. The next year, a Spokane, Washington woman named Sonora Smart Dodd, one of six children raised by a widower, tried to establish an official equivalent to Mother's Day for male parents. She went to local churches, the YMCA, shopkeepers and government officials to drum up support for her idea, and she was successful: Washington State celebrated the na- tion's first statewide Father's Day on July 19, 1910. Slowly, the holiday spread. In 1916, President Wilson honored the day by using telegraph signals to unfurl a flag in Spokane when he pressed a button in Washington, D.C. In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge urged state governments to observe Father's Day. However, many men continued to disdain the day. As one historian writes, they "scoffed at the holiday's sentimental attempts to domesticate manliness with flowers and gift-giving, or they derided the prolifera- tion of such holidays as a commercial gimmick to sell more products--often paid for by the father himself." by Sheldon Richman The failed gubernatorial recall effort in Wisconsin has generated a degree of political hostility that is extraordi- nary even by today's standards. Many people interpret Gov. Scott Walker's efforts to limit collective bargaining by gov- ernment-employee unions as a general attack on workers and their right to organize. That may be the case, but it's not the only interpretation available. According to MSNBC, more than a third of those who voted to retain Walker were union members. Commenta- tors like Chris Matthews are befuddled by that finding. Why would union members vote to retain the guy who limited collective bargaining by unions? It's possible these people thought recall was too drastic a measure in a policy dis- pute, but another possibility suggests itself: maybe private- sector union members don't regard government employees as brothers-in-arms, That wouldn't be hard to understand. The average per- son correctly perceives government as out of control. Spend- ing an i taxes go up, and most people have no real say in the matter. Where does a lot of that tax money go? To govern- ment employees, of course. I don't mean to cast aspersions on any particular person, but let's face the facts: Govern- ment employees are tax consumers, not taxpayers, Nongov- ernment workers earn their money in the marketplace, and tax collectors at all levels forcibly extract a large portion of it. Government employees naturally want an ever-larger share. But aren't government employees taxpayers too? No, they are not. Their pay is tax money. When government employ- ees appear to pay taxes, they're merely rebating some of the tax money to the government. It would be far more efficient for the government to pay them less and not go through the charade of taxing them. Government employees may sin- cerely believe they pay taxes, but they are mistaken. This analysis sheds light on the bargaining that takes place between governments and government-employee unions. Both sides of the negotiation have a basic goal: ex- traction of wealth from the taxpayers. And those taxpayers have no seat at the table! It is hardly an exaggeration to say that collective bargaining in the government realm is a conspiracy against the taxpayers, who of course include workers in private employment. If there is a harmony of in- terest, it is between government workers and their employ- ers, not between government workers and private-sector workers. Thus champions of real workers -- those in the produc- tive private sector -- need not wring their hands over the limits put on government unions. No one has a right to tax money -- that is, stolen money; therefore no one has a right to bargain, collectively or otherwise, to obtain it. If as a re- sul of limits on bargaining, fewer people want to work for the government, why should advocates of liberty complain? The government function should be left to the competitive market anyway. This is not to say that all is well in the private sector. Generations of government intervention have reduced workers' bargaining power in favor of employers. Any in- terference with the free market that suppresses competi- tion -- occupational licensing, patents, subsidies, land-use restrictions, trade barriers, special tax treatment -- reduc- es the number of firms bidding for workers' services and also reduces self-employment opportunities. Even the labor laws reduce workers' influence by, for example, outlawing wildcat strikes, sympathy strikes, and secondary boycotts. Abolishing the vast edifice of federal labor law would be more liberating for workers than for employers. Does this mean we should applaud the governor of Wis- consin? Actually, no. State gOvernments are in trouble be- cause they spent profligately when revenues rolled in, and now they can't meet the future pension and other obliga- tions that have been imposed on the taxpayers. As a result, state governments face a crisis in legitimacy. Some gover- nors realize this and are thus trying to save the discredited system by trimming spending (for now) and making politi- cal hay through reining in the government unions. The fis- cal hawks even tout cutbacks as ways to raise more rev- enue. (Why is that a good thing?) But have you ever heard a Republican governor call for leaving education to the com- petitive market or abolishing all occupational licensing and zoning? This is largely a fight over how to preserve a crumbling, corrupt system so that the people don't start thinking lib- ertarian thoughts. Sheldon Richman is senior fellow at The Future of Free- dom Foundation ( and editor of The Freeman magazine. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: The Florala News welcomes Letters to the Editor All letters will be published at the discretion of the editor/publisher. No letter will be published that does not bear the actual name of the writer and their city or town of residence. A contact number or e-mail ad ]ress is required but will not be published. Letters cannot be returned. The Florala News All ad copy, text and photos originating from The FtOrata News are the sole property of The Florala News and may not be reproduced without wri~en permission. FATHER'S DAY." CONTROVERSY AND COMMER- CIALISM During the 1920s and 1930s, a movement arose to scrap Mother's Day and Father's Day altogether in favor of a single holiday, Parents" Day. Every year on Mother's Day, pro-Parents" Day groups rallied in New York City's Central Park--a public reminder, said Parents" Day activist and ra- dio performer Robert Spere, "that both parents should be loved and respected together." Paradoxically, however, the Depression derailed this effort to combine and de-commer- cialize the holidays. Struggling retailers and advertisers re- doubled their efforts to make Father's Day a "`second Christ= mas" for men, promoting goods such as neckties, hats, socks, pipes and tobacco, golf clubs and other sporting goods, and greeting cards. When World War H began, advertisers began to argue that celebrating Father's Day was a way to honor American troops and support the war effort. 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