City Council needs to do what is fiscally best for city, regarding strike

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In reference to the current strike, Sheldon Ebenholtz stated in Letters to the Editor (Oct. 13, page A5, “Strikers need to be treated fairly by city”) that the “sentiments” embodied in FDR’s economic Bill of Rights “remain integral to a society founded on fairness and equality of opportunity,” that they are “humane principles” and thus “it’s a matter of ethics and economic justice that these workers be treated fairly by our City Council.” I couldn’t disagree more with Ebenholtz’s premise, namely that our country was founded on “fairness or equality of opportunity.” To the contrary, it was founded on “self-evident truths that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness ...” Moreover, Ebenholtz based his premise on the “sentiments” of FDR’s Bill of Rights, i.e., the right to medical care, the right to education, the right to housing, the right to a job, the right to a “decent living.” But such “rights” have never been “integral” to the American way of life. In fact, such “sentiments” are completely antithetical to the Rule of Law on which our constitutional republic is based. More than that, they are anathema to our free society because they presuppose that government ought to be the giver of “rights” to the people. In sum, it is not a “matter of ethics and economic justice” for the workers to be treated “fairly” by the City Council, as concluded by Ebenholtz. Rather, it’s a matter of doing what is fiscally responsible for the city of Lincoln, based on the Rule of Law, not on “humane principles.” Jan Denny, Lincoln