Blue Collar Commentary

dale-mccoy_15bWith Dale McCoy

Dale McCoy is a lifelong Pennsylvania resident who currently resides in Hopewell Township.

Dale graduated from Ambridge Area High School in 1979 and entered the local workforce immediately afterwards. Over the next seven years he worked at various jobs including laborer, equipment operator, roofer, handyman, and welder. During this time period, he also attained his private pilot’s license. Dale attended Electronic Institutes and earned an associate’s degree in industrial electricity in 1986. Beginning in 1987, he served an apprenticeship with the IBEW and spent the next 20 years working as a union construction electrician. As a journeyman, Dale worked in building construction, steel fabrication, fiber optics, telephones, high voltage, and service work.

He currently works as an electrical maintenance foreman and part time snowboard instructor.

Dale and his wife Lorrie have been married for twenty years and they have two children. The family spends their spare time on dirt-bikes, snowboards, and exploring the great outdoors.

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19 Responses to “An Open Letter from Dale McCoy”

  • Gary Evans says:

    You put into words what many of us are thinking and feeling.

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  • Grant says:

    Great ideas and great article!

  • Colleen McCoy says:

    Your speech is certainly from the heart and from your experience; however, what is meant by “speak the truth”? Whose truth? Each individual has her/his own truth based on life experiences.
    Would you do away with all government regulations? How about the FDA, EPA, FAA, SEC, and USDA? Would you trust businesses to “do the right thing” and serve the public interest and protect our safety? Look at BP. Everyone is screaming about how the government should do more and that the administration was slow to react. What if we had no regulation of the off-shore drilling? Where would we be now? (As if it isn’t bad enough).
    To merely suggest voting all incumbents out of office is naive. Who are the “saviors”. I’m guessing it’s the Republicans who are in the minority now. I do agree, “cuz”, on each person learning about the issues and voting!

  • Tiger99 says:

    Enjoy becoming a Republican Dale… Soon you won’t have to fret yourself about America’s Fundamental Freedoms, you can start fretting about “Real American” issues like “How Dare The President Vacation With His Family In Elitist Maine and Buy His daughters An Ice Cream Cone” and “We Believe In Religious Freedom As Long As It Is The Religion We Believe In”…
    You complain about Government Regulation, Try living without it… Oh, That’s right. we did do that, remember? The Department of Transportation, the Department of
    Labor, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Occupational Safety
    and Health Administration all exist because they had to exist…

    We may be over regulated and that should be dealt with but Deregulation and No Oversight has always led to Disasters in this Country… Our recent economic meltdown is a prime example…
    The is no Tea Party Dale… Do your research… They are GOP, Vote GOP and are funded by GOP Big Lobby… By the way, what are the Tea Party solutions? Angle is quoting Marxist Chile Policies as the solution…

    The Tea Party hates the Unions… Unionizing built the Middle Class not the Robber Barons…

  • DanC says:

    Dale,
    We are looking forward to hearing more of your comments. More of us need to express our views as openly as you.
    Thanks for getting our view point across.

    Dan

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  • thewiz says:

    To Colleen McCoy( Related to Dale?) and Tiger99; I know of no one that has ever called for the abolition of government. Conservatism is not anarchism. I see this straw man argument all the time. Set up a false argument to keep the other side on the defensive and deflective from the real issues.

    The key to success is a balance between regulation and liberty. And the debate that will last for eternity is where that balance is achieved. Conservatives believe that we currently have too much regulation and bureaucracy that inhibits people’s ability to achieve their dreams. If you don’t believe that, try to purchase one acre of land from a farmer so you can build a house. It will take thousands of dollars in legal fees. application fees, engineering costs, and more. You will need approvals from at least six government entities plus multiple utility providers. It will also take an average of one year to get the requisite governmental approvals. If you want to buy the entire farm and subdivide into a fulldevelopment, count on a three year process.

    This is just one example. Try to expand a factory, start a new business, patent an idea, develop a new drug, start a pension fund, or any other endeavor. The red tape involved is what is driving jobs overseas and destroying our entrepreneurial drive.

    And BTW, Tiger99, it was over regulation that led to our current economic problems. What were the Wall Street companies trading in those hedge funds? They were real estate backed securities that originated in the GSEs. It was enforced loan activity by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, the FHA, and other federal financial entities that caused the current problems.

  • Dale McCoy says:

    To those that agree with me…..thank you.
    To those that disagree with me….thank you. If my beliefs do not stand up to scrutiny…then I am wrong and I will change my mind.

    Colleen, (who is indeed my cousin, and I’m darn proud of it), thank you for your comment. I knew I could count on you for thoughtful and polite discourse. To answer some of you questions concisely: Whose truth? The truths that were held self evident in the constitution. Please keep in mind we have the right to pursue happiness…. no guarantees here. We all have our own truth, but adherence to only that is the definition of anarchy. Total government control is the definition of tyranny. We are tilting too far towards the latter. The idea here is to strike a balance in the middle.
    Of course I wouldn’t do away with all government regulations, but I sure as heck would streamline them. The FDA? If I’m dying of cancer, skip the red tape and let me take my chances. The EPA? Please check with China and Venezuela….we share the same planet. My water saving toilet works great….when I flush it twice. Way to save, uncle sam. Oops, maybe I am full of it, but I digress…. I’ve heard stories of small businessmen on the brink of disaster over policies that discourage recycling and waste diesel fuel. Check into it. We can harvest our resources and protect the environment too. Land reclamation was pioneered in our own back yard….privately. The FAA? Actually, they do a pretty good job. Planes still crash though….not a perfect world. The SEC? Weren’t much help in 2008…never saw it coming, but their hindsight appears to be 20/20. Deregulation perhaps? Let’s examine the rolls of Bill Clinton, Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, Fannie and Freddie, etc. Fodder for another article. I’ll list some links below. USDA? I have no idea, let’s talk about the post office. Just kidding. BP? They really screwed up. They should have been drilling on land. Too bad the feds pushed them out to sea.
    Am I to believe that the feds have more deep water drilling expertise than BP? Who do you think really ran the job of capping the well and who do you think was posturing for political gain? How bad was the spill really? How much oil leaks into the gulf naturally?
    Is it true that the gulf is teeming with oil eating microbes?
    120 million gallons is what percentage of the total volume of the gulf? What the heck is the true number of gallons leaked anyway? Why the delay in allowing skimmers to help? Why wasn’t Louisiana allowed to build sand berms to protect the marshes? (See EPA above) Why do I have to spend all of my time seeking these answers? Where is the mainstream, unbiased media? It is not my intent to make light of the spill, but rather to bring light to the fact that the government imposed media ban greatly limited our access to the truth. (See above again)
    Last but not least, I never suggested that we vote all incumbents out of office. I want the leadership and the administration voted out. There are no saviors, but when what you’re doing isn’t working, change what you’re doing. I couldn’t care less about political party….do what’s right for the country. Yea, I know, I have my own personal “right”. Subject for another commentary.

    Tiger99, I don’t know you, but perhaps you know me….?
    I do not intend to become a republican. I didn’t leave the democratic party, they left me. Check out a few of JFK’s speeches. They won’t sound anything like today’s democrats.
    Of course we need regulations, but we’ve regulated ourselves out of business. It’s awfully hard to find work now that nobody builds factories around here. Hope you’re not involved in a coal fired power plant or in the mining industry. They are on the endangered species list….soon to be as rare as a steel mill.
    Having been intimately involved in the tea party for a year now, I can assure you that we accept no money from either party. I’ve been to DC 4 times. I’ve been to countless planning meetings. I’ve been to half a dozen rallies. I am part of the tea party, I’ve done my research. I refuse to be a puppet of the democrats. I refuse to be a puppet of the republicans. You are more than welcome to attend a rally. You may be surprised at how civil and intelligent the participants are. I still carry my card, and they don’t hate me. I have no love for the robber barons, I have no hate for the unions. Please read my letter once more with an open mind. Thank you for your comments. I once felt the same way you do. You may gain a little insight by reading up on the housing collapse. See the characters listed above in my reply to Colleen.

    To “thewiz”……I love the way you think man.

    Dale

  • Dale McCoy says:

    Don’t miss the next commentary..Random thoughts and favorite quotes. I’ll also be picking out one comment from the postings fot the “Love the way you think man” award.

    “Liberalism is based on short term compassion, conservatism is based on long term reality”

    Dale

  • Annette Thompson says:

    Wow, common sense in discourse and polite rebuttals, looking forward to reading more

  • MICHAEL says:

    Way to go Dale! It is an honor to know you and to hear you speak from the heart, not from a political bias. Keep up the good work and inspire others to do so also.

  • Carol Rollinger says:

    Thank you for your refreshing article. I’m so tired of hearing soap box speeches about “their” party and how horrible the “others” are.
    You write “Regardless of political party, union affiliation, or material worth, all freedom loving Americans must work together to vote our current Congressional leaders and White House administration out of office.”
    I can’t agree more. As a young American do you know how hard it is to form your own opinion about how this country could be run? So many parties and ideals and promises are shoved down your throat it becomes entirely frustrating and humiliating when the person you do choose fails to deliver, only to realize it’s like gambling in Vegas, the odds are completely stacked against you. Yet we still try, in hopes of that winning pick.
    This country has come so far from where we started, both forwards and backwards, which leaves us right smack dab where we don’t want to be.
    I look forward to more commentary from you. Thank you again.

  • Jean says:

    Colleen and Dale,

    It is a sad day when mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, cousins and families, are divided by liberals and ‘Parties’.

    The ‘Parties’, by dividing the American people and American families, have weakened our country greatly. There is no doubt.

    I’ve seen first hand how this division has made enemies out of fellow Americans.

    I’ve seen how the segregation of the American people by race, color, religion, and poitics has made it so Americans no longer ‘discuss’ elections or important issues facing our nation.

    Americans need to be free to discuss elections, candidates, and important issues, so the nation, as a whole, makes the best decisions.

    This nation’s founders knew this and addressed it as ‘We the people’. They knew and spoke about the importance of limiting the size and power of the government. They knew a large government would be the downfall of any country’s wealth, freedom and prosperity.

    There is a place for government. But government must be controlled by ‘the people’. When government starts controlling ‘the people’ it has grown too large and is out of control. It is the ‘peoples’ duty to reign it in. If not, life, liberty, justice, and prosperity is all at risk.

    Liberals know that divided, we, America, will fall.

    The time for the two party system, Democrats and Republican, has passed. They need to be disolved.

    There is only one (1) real party in this country. It is the party of Americans!

  • Ruth says:

    Hey Dale..I am very proud of our stand and find it enlighting to read comments from someone that actually makes sense. I would like to share with you something… I sat in a patients home today and we were discussing the steel mill. This man is retired him and his wife living off a fixed income, worked all his life and built the house they are still in today. He said to me he orginally came from Alabama where they have pretty nice schools, colleges, buses, parks and every single person in that state has to pay tax whether you own a home or not. His oomment was you have these people on welfare spitting out kids and I am paying for their education and my youngest child is 44 years old. Also in Alabama there is no wage tax. I see so many struggling older adults and it is truly a sin that most of these people were hard working all their lives some dying from illness obtained from working in places like the steel mills and they have to suffer. Some even cut pills in half just to save money! The most interesting thing this man said to me was….”You know round here in this state of Pa we have many politicians that say they are Christians and they are “Christian” criminals!!!

  • Chuck Swanson says:

    Dale, Your comments and willingness to share them in public is very refreshing. I hold some of your views, particularly those dealing with government over-spending and regulation. 3 reasons I cannot support the Dem’s.: 1. So called “Abortion Rights.” 2. Origination of an Unconstitutional comprehensive health-care bill that will utterly destroy the U.S. economy. 3. Marching in lock-step with Socialists whose goal is to destroy our Republic. I am a 36 year union member exhausted with the union’s iron-fisted rule.

  • Dale says:

    Chuck,
    Thank you so much for your comment. I know exactly how you feel, and it sure is good to hear other union members who echo my sentiments.

    Dale

  • Terry says:

    Dale, The working class hero is something to be.John Lennon was on the mark with that song.I know people just like you and me have alot of the same beliefs ,but no one really wants to here them.I am very impressed with what you are saying and doing for us.Let me know what i can do to help the cause. Thanks again,Terry

  • Nancy Yauch says:

    I just saw you on Foxnews. I am so frixin exicted to hear a union member express their feelings like a republican/tea party person. This country has been going down hill since Obama was elected. Please continue your plight in support of our great country. We need more Americans like you. I’ve never felt so desparate for our country in my life. Thank you !!!!!!!!!!

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