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Friday, May 17, 2013
Paying council what it’s worth
Mayor David Bowers and Councilman Bill Bestpitch of Roanoke City Council, who are pushing for a huge raise in their pay, remind me of an old story.
This man applies for a job and asks his prospective employer what the pay is. The employer responds, “We will pay you what you are worth.” The applicant thinks for a minute, then says, “Sorry, I can’t work that cheap.”
These guys are like my mother’s old saying: I would like to buy them for what they are worth and sell them for what they think they are worth.
Both of them knew from experience the pay and the hours required when they volunteered for their current positions. Now they want more, more, more.
STUART G. BOBLETT
Pollard is right about teachers
I get sick and tired of people not even in our Bedford County district hammering our supervisors.
I think Supervisor Annie Pollard was well within her bounds to call out the few (“Final Bedford County budget allows 3% raises for teachers,” April 23 news story).
Teaching takes a certain person, but teachers are government workers. They produce no revenue, but can sure eat up the profits.
I always hear teachers say, “We got into it to help the students.” If that’s the case, fine; but if, after five years, you don’t get the big salary, like the ridiculous salaries that upper administration gets, then I suggest a new field. Such as fast food.
Is it fair that our superintendent gets almost a $13,000 raise, and the secretary only gets $1,000? I say take the total amount given and divide it by the number of employees. That’s fair. Or will the crying start at the top and go down?
I stand behind Pollard 100 percent.
Blow your own horn;Amtrak’s coming
Virginia recently passed a transportation bill all but ensuring Amtrak’s return to Roanoke in three or four years.
The city should take advantage of national media attention this story generated by establishing a website covering Amtrak’s return.
Norfolk created such a web presence for its light rail, and Florida created a site for its commuter Sunrail.
The site would provide a focal point where riders, advocates, business leaders, travelers and the press could obtain the latest status of Amtrak Roanoke.
The site could include a timeline of past and future passenger service, comments from key government and transit officials, links to press articles, announcements of bids on construction projects, engineering drawings of the platform, and links to oral histories of Roanoke rail service.
The site would keep Amtrak Roanoke on everyone’s radar, and encourage more riders to take the Smart Way Connector Bus and Amtrak to the Northeast Corridor and to connect to rail and plane services to anywhere. Potential vacationers from around the world would view the site and be stimulated to visit the Greater Roanoke Area.
Keeping public interest high will encourage all parties to bring Amtrak to Roanoke as soon as possible.
Virginia Association of Railroad Patrons
At last, the ICLEI threat is revealed
After all these months of wondering why the Roanoke Tea Party is up in arms over Agenda 21, Bill Gregory finally gives the answer (“Evidence ICLEI is taking over as clear as RCCLEAR,” May 13 commentary).
It appears that it is all about the climate-deniers and their quest to keep their heads in the sand while global CO2 levels pass 400 ppm and the last decade has been the warmest on record.
I think it is about their fear that the government is going to come take the SUVs away from them and make them move into FEMA camps.
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