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Column offers thin gruel on labor issues

The Sun keeps trolling the depths for examples of right-wing thinking like that of Matt Patterson's recent commentary on the nomination of Thomas Perez for labor secretary ("Why do we need a labor department?" March 22).

The best supervisor I ever had during my employment career, a man who exuded integrity, had a phrase to describe sub-par work: "Thin gruel." Mr. Patterson's piece epitomizes those words.

I would be the last to argue that bureaucracies can't become bloated. Any organization can. But that does not necessarily mean its purpose and goals are flawed.

George Orwell, in the novels "Animal Farm" and "1984," wrote about fictional worlds created by and dependent on lies and evil.

If Mr. Patterson thinks that, left to their own devices, U.S. corporations would concern themselves with workers' rights and well-being, he and I must have read very different versions of American and world history.

Joseph Costa, Baltimore

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