Letters to the editor

November 29, 2009|By Lew Rodgers, Fulton

[Re: "Small raise proposed for officials," Howard County edition, Nov. 22] This is an example of how some people won't tighten their belt until personally affected. The proposed raises are admittedly minuscule and will make little difference, if any, in take home pay - and it was extremely generous of these officials to recently donate portions of their salary to charity and back to the county. But this is exactly the point: We are in a severe recession with high unemployment of our citizens and this requires sacrifice on the part of those still employed and able to CONTROL government expenses. As to thanking them for the many hours of work (not at all unusual for anyone WORKING today) - a crisp official certificate of thanks could be printed, framed and handed to each. With regard to the comment of "falling behind" comparable salaries in other jurisdictions - service to one's community should come from the heart, and not from comparing your status to someone else. If $$$ are the stimulus, move over and allow a committed, dedicated citizen to take your place.

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