Letter: Embrace historic labor struggle

Published: Thursday, June 15, 2017 10:36 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

Are you kidding me?

People are concerned about the placing of a historical plaque in the Woodstock Square based on a significant aspect of U.S. history? The fight between labor and business is a relevant and ongoing part of our history. Do you enjoy your weekends? Weekends were fought for by labor leaders versus business owners who wanted nothing to do with weekends off. Oh wait, you want to bury this history because of the beliefs of socialists and the ideology of socialism? Hmmmmm. The U.S. military, V.A. hospitals, the highway system, public schools, etc. are built upon a foundation set by socialist principles. U.S. businesses accept corporate welfare in the form of grants and tax credits provided by the U.S. government.

If it makes you feel any better, Katherine Lee Bates, who wrote “America the Beautiful,” was a socialist: “and crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea.” I wish more Americans practiced that line today, don’t you?

Woodstock should embrace this history! The Old Courthouse should house a labor and business museum that honors this historic struggle. Include a Chamber of Commerce section that teaches about the skills needed in today’s workplace. Include an afternoon performance at the Opera House about history of labor and business. Envision buses visiting the Square, bringing dollars to spend in Woodstock.

Make too much sense, right?

Alan Church

Woodstock