Letter: Public workers under attack
Thursday, July 12, 2012
The Columbian yet again has attacked public employees in its July 1 front-page story "County pay scrutinized." The Columbian claims that this is only an annual review; however, it regularly bashes on public employees trying to better themselves.
What comes to mind most recently is Editor Lou Brancaccio's demoralizing attempt to act like a teacher while writing his June 9 column "Newton's laws & public unions," with prose similar to that of an eighth-grade student, deriding public-employee unions, to which most school teachers belong.
Now, The Columbian claims that, while Clark County sick leave and vacations buyback compares similarly to other governments of similar size, they should revisit it, simply because hard workers, who were so valuable that they didn't feel like they could take vacation without hurting their employer -- the people of Clark County -- decided to work instead of take time off. The Columbian is now saying public employees should work harder than required and not get compensated for it.