Truth is getting lost
S top the lies about public worker greed and their supposed spoiled fat-cat lives. It is meant to derail the truth:
Rank-and-file public workers on average make less than their private sector counterparts. Their benefits may sometimes be better but even that is not always true. (Lesson for jealous private sector people: Get a union! Stop union bashing!)
Teachers put in countless extra hours and lay out a lot of money out-of-pocket for various materials for which they get no reimbursement. This is especially true for elementary school teachers.
Public workers are not greedy. If they were greedy they would become bankers and corporate CEOs (and be bought off Dempublican politicians), the kinds of people who caused the financial and economic crises we’re all suffering from now.
The budget problems of governments have been caused by banking criminals, tax cuts and tax shelters for the rich and for corporations, and by imperial wars and a bloated military budget, not by public workers. Go after the real causes; stop scapegoating workers and their unions!
Cut pay of politicians and government big wigs to pay levels of public worker ranks. Maybe that will shut them up.
San Luis Obispo
A few pieces of mind
To the city of San Luis Obispo, you think you need to pay everyone you hire top dollar plus some so people will move here to take job openings. People move here because they like the area and the weather.
There are plenty of qualified people in San Luis Obispo County who would take these jobs. So San Luis Obispo, you made your bed, now sleep in it.
To the San Luis Obispo police officers, we didn’t hear you complaining when you received a nearly 30 percent pay raise over four years. Maybe your pension should be like the local school districts: You pay heavily into your pension and then you can retire over age 60 with a low percentage yield. Makes sense to me.
And to the lady that doesn’t like gas blowers (Jeanne Blackwell, “Ban Leaf Blowers,” Feb 28) — maybe you can come over and get some exercise and rake my two acres of leaves.