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State of the Union
Stuart Steers's article on Colorado AFL-CIO leader Ellen Golombek, "No Labor Lost," in the April 8 issue, was a great start but told only some of the story about the importance of Ellen's and the labor movement's work.
While the labor movement often gets tagged as only caring about union members in the workplace, Ellen and the Colorado AFL-CIO prove this wrong on a daily basis. While big-money corporate special interests work to deepen their pockets with more millions at the expense of workers and our overall quality of life, the labor movement is at the legislature every day standing up for the rights of all workers--union and non-union--in times of unprecedented corporate greed and bloated executive salaries. Without this presence at the Capitol, Colorado would have no workplace safety standards and much lower wages and benefits, and workers would receive even less respect at work.
While the article noted that union members are only 10 percent of the state's workforce, big business and its legislative puppets should take note that union members are not the only Coloradans who care about rights, raises and respect on the job. All anti-worker attackers should beware: Colorado possesses a strong worker-rights and economic-justice majority that will not forget the continued political attacks on working families in our state.
Bill Vandenberg, Co-Director
Colorado Progressive Coalition
I am visiting from Arizona, which has right-to-work laws. Everyone in Colorado labor must support Ms. Golombek, as well as endeavor to enlarge and enable (through funding, organizing and lobbying) Colorado unions to put a stake through the heart of right-to-work laws.
Lawrence R. Tiernan
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Regarding Eric Dexheimer's "Head Case," in the March 11 issue:
I worked at the University of Denver Graduate School of Professional Psychology for two and a half years, a year and a half of which I worked in the same office as Peter Buirski, as his assistant, and was privy to the inner workings of the faculty. In situations like that, you get to see people at their best and at their worst. My observation was that Peter Buirski was a caring father, husband, son, friend and co-worker--and a regular guy. The faculty, with one notable exception, was devoted and hardworking. The stress of working in the university's psychology program was so great that it caused Dr. Deitz to have a serious mental disorder? Gimme a break! It's a crime that the school, once a vibrant community, has had the life sucked out of it by this situation.
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Eric Dexheimer's "Head Case" is a public service. I am a Ph.D. psychologist; this story was about the making of Psy.D. psychologists. The difference lies in scientific rigor. The Ph.D. degree requires students to study epistemology and the philosophy of science, which is all about what we know, and how we know what we know, and rules for belief, etc. Many Psy.D. programs are all about playing doctor, and many have no quantitative or statistical or research design components at all. This makes a big difference, because without it, the psychologist has no idea how to evaluate the reliability and validity of a test, much less to develop and validate tests. Protection of the public requires exposure of the nonsense going on at the University of Denver. You have really done a fine job that shows how far off base this program is and how awful the players are.
It's good to get these reactions off my chest. I'll bet Eric Dexheimer stayed in the shower for a long time after writing this story.
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