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Spoiled public employees raise ire

Published: Thu, April 21, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m.

Spoiled public employees raise ire

The April 6 letter “Different view of public employees” demands a response. While I agree with her criticism of unfair trade agreements and Wall Street bailouts, the writer was way off the mark regarding compensation for government employees. Public sector employees’ pay, benefits and pensions have far surpassed those of the vast majority of private sector workers. Over the past 30 years or so, most people who work in private industry have been cut and squeezed relentlessly, while government employees have been spoiled with pay, benefits and pensions that the rest of us could only dream of. And it’s our taxes that are paying for all that, which is like “biting the hand that feeds you.”

A clue to the writer’s justification of generous compensation for government employees is her belief that public workers are better educated and qualified. That is patently false, as well as arrogant. I remember a recent report about an assistant to the county engineer making $90,000 a year who has no degree and no college training at all. Nobody in the private sector so ill-qualified could make out like that. In any event, her attitude mirrors those of the government employees who are hysterical over SB 5. They apparently think they deserve better pay, benefits and pensions than those of us who earn a living in the private sector — the “real economy.” They actually believe they’re better than those of us whose taxes pay their overly-generous compensation. Thanks to such arrogance and spoiled public employee unions opposing SB 5, I doubt if I will ever vote for a tax levy again.

By the way, I applaud the local chamber of commerce for publicly endorsing SB 5. It’s about time someone in the public sphere from this area stood up for what’s right.

James Dunlap, Mineral Ridge


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