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Dana T. Mikkelsen, Moorhead, Published June 01 2013

Letter: Pay city workers for job they do

This is in response to the repugnant letter from Ed Green in regards to city workers getting paid too much.

Do you really think it’s a good idea to marginalize the wages and benefits to do the upkeep on the municipal infrastructure? Perhaps lower the pay for firefighters because their jobs are too cushy? I know the police are overpaid, living in their mansions on the outskirts of town. ... Really? I hope the sarcasm came across.

The question is then posed as to why cities compare their wages to other cities rather than to the private sector. Well, probably because they want to compare apples to apples. Also, when the economy takes a turn, don’t think the municipalities don’t take a hit. Minnesota was hit with a very large budget shortfall, and a lot of state money going to cities was drastically reduced. This meant furloughs for city employees. That means they didn’t have to bother coming to work, and they didn’t have to get paid.

I really don’t know too many city employees who live so high on the hog that we must feel the need to knock them down a peg. These people aren’t only working for their own needs and the needs of their families but they work for the public good. Whether that be cleaning the streets, making sure you have power, containing the criminal element, and protecting your property.

Unfortunately, the parochial mentality that is so prolific in this part of the country keeps making itself known. The grass isn’t always greener on the other side, and sometimes there isn’t any grass at all.