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Monday, May 13, 2013
If you don’t like the pay, you can quit
I read with interest the recent proposal made by Mayor David Bowers and some council members to raise their own salaries by up to 28.5 percent (“Council gets closer to raises,” May 7 news story).
All this while city services have decreased, real estate values decreased, and cuts are everywhere.
When they ran for office, they knew what the salary was.
A simple solution for Bowers and council members Bill Bestpitch, Anita Price and Sherman Lea: If the salary isn’t what you think it should be and you are so burdened with not being adequately compensated, resign.
No one is forcing you to serve. I think we’d find others to take your place.
Time to demand: No more business as usual
American business practices need a change of direction:
* Our work must be work we love to do, not forced to do by circumstance. Few Americans really like their work.
* We must work to serve the greatest needs of all Americans first, luxuries second: priority economics.
* We must work in harmony with nature. Global climate change, mountaintop removal, mine tailings, uranium mining, industrial waste in the air, soil and waterways, vehicle pollution, chemical pesticides — no more.
* We need to buy with awareness of the plight of workers in China and the developing world, a supply chain for our markets (e.g., Wal-Mart and other big box stores). Millions of people are in wage slavery due to G-7 “free trade.”
Read “Made in China” by Ngai Pun, and write your representatives in Congress about how fed up you are with our support of wage slavery in China and elsewhere in the developing world.
We got rid of slavery here 150 years ago; we want it gone elsewhere.
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