Letter: Beware ‘job-creation’ mantra



An attorney once referred to an ex-county commissioner as a member of the world’s oldest profession with regard to a local building industry association. So when two county commissioners use “job creation” as an excuse to circumvent the Clark County hiring process to hire another politician that is considered an “anti-environmentalist” as director of environmental services, it makes me all warm inside (“County shocker: Benton to be hired,” May 2, The Columbian).

The minimum requirement for this directorship is experience directing “complex environmental services functions.” What does human resources know? They don’t do the final hiring. Toadies, cronies and members of the world’s oldest profession do. We don’t need a “job-killing bureaucracy.”

Take the U.S. House of Representatives, for instance. If it wasn’t for them, we would be investing trillions of dollars many of their benefactors (our nation’s “job creators”) stash in Swiss banks and Cayman Island accounts for such things as more Meals on Wheels, feeding poor kids, and giving more preschoolers a “Head Start.”

Go for it, Commissioners David Madore and Tom Mielke. We know you have only our best interests in mind. Or at least the interests of your local benefactors.

Jim Comrada