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Letter: Common sense is lost on City Council

Posted: June 5, 2011 1:30 a.m.
Updated: June 5, 2011 1:30 a.m.

A college professor of mine said, “People go into politics for two reasons: power and money.” I try to not be so cynical, and hope that many go into public service to help others and make a positive difference.

After May 26’s headline, “Council gives itself a raise,” I wonder.

While council members making $21,000 per year ($1,728/mo.) for their time is not a fortune, I think it is outrageous to give yourselves a 10-percent raise when so many are struggling. Many people have not gotten raises for several years. In fact, many have taken pay cuts or been fired.

Most companies don’t suddenly give “make-up” raises for previous years. Instead, most folks now are getting 2-3 percent, which means it will be years until they get back to where they were.

I appreciate council members put in a lot of time, but it is a choice. If you don’t like it, or think the time commitments are too much, don’t do it. There are many benefits to being council members, as well.

I also appreciate that members “donate” a fair amount to charities. But why have the public pay you so you can give it away?

How about not taking the money in the first place, and let the public use the money for what they want and give to the charities they choose?

The bottom line is, people are tired of the same old politics. Common sense seems to have been lost. One has to be either extremely arrogant and/or oblivious to the real world to put through a 10-percent raise at this time.

Kudos to council members Bob Kellar and Laurie Ender for voting “no” on the raises.


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