Couple of viewpoints—not favorable—on Sen. Phil Berger and the shutdown of Rockingham County’s Miller-Coors brewing plant.
First—from Fayetteville Observer editorial page editor Tim White:
And do you suppose Berger might be a little worried about what his constituents will face when they’re laid off? He should be. All those families whose votes he counts on will be dumped into the unemployment system that he also gutted. They’ll be getting some of the smallest, shortest-duration unemployment checks in the country and won’t be eligible for long-term benefits. Berger and his colleagues slashed all of those benefits, suggesting they only inspired laziness. Sorry, folks, but it was the right thing to do for the state. So get out there and hustle for those jobs – which, unfortunately, may not even exist.
Next– from Greensboro resident Kurt Lauenstein, a far-left regular contributor to the N&R’s letters to the editor:
Although he is their senator, Berger has consistently sided with big business: eliminating regulation, fighting EPA guidelines, blocking studies of environmental change and dismantling social safety nets.
Now the people of Rockingham County have the triple whammy of an environmental disaster, big business double-dealing and no safety net. The people of Rockingham County voted for Berger, and they deserve nothing less (if, in fact, there is such a thing).
What can anyone say but….there’s an election next year…
Update: N&R reports Berger is unopposed in the 2016 election.