Re "Hard-fought battles built the middle class" (Editorials, Sept. 2): The Labor Day editorial correctly identifies the gains in the workplace that resulted in a strong, but now depleted middle class. Then it promptly falls flat on its face by failing to mention even once the word "union." The gains noted were indeed hard won, but not by the tooth fairy, nor by some deus ex machina. They were won by working people banding together in unions to accomplish together what they could not hope to accomplish alone.
An otherwise promising editorial has been reduced to gibberish by The Bee editorial board's malicious hatred of organized labor, which forbids even the mention of the word itself. Union is not a four letter word -- it has five letters, and represents an important force in American history. It shouldn't be that hard to say and write it, especially on Labor Day.
-- Alan D. Wade, Sacramento