Sen. Heidi Heitkamp's guest to the State of the Union deserves the utmost praise. Dennis Kooren drove a truck for UPS for over 30 years, often lifting packages over 100 pounds. As anyone who has made a career of heavy lifting knows, it takes a toll on the body.
Kooren now advocates on behalf of his fellow truck drivers, warehouse workers, and other heavy lifters across the country who paid into the Central States Pension Fund and risk not receiving their benefit once the fund runs dry.
As reported in the Williston Herald, Heitkamp hoped Kooren's presence would bring attention to her bill to protect pension plans. It's ironic, though, that while Heitkamp advocates for workers' rights, she still doesn't support the federal tax cuts that will put hundreds of dollars back into the pockets of working Americans.
Yahoo Finance estimates a person earning $60,000 a year - roughly North Dakota's mean household income - will keep $112 more per month. Tax savings like that allow workers to build their own private investments.
In fact, a 25-year-old who invests just half that amount each month would save more than $530,000 by the time they retire. Allowing individuals to control their own money is the best benefit Americans can hope for. If Heitkamp refuses to recognize this, she has no business representing North Dakota's hardest workers.
Jessica Unruh, Beulah