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Sunday, May 12, 2013
This paper’s criticism of Roanoke City Council’s desired pay raise falls short (“Don’t we all deserve a big, fat pay raise?,” May 8 editorial).
Above everything else, the public needs to be reminded that serving on council is part-time, a second income for these highly skilled professionals.
The editorial states, “A justifiable case could be made by more reasoned council members to raise their salaries to compensate for hits they will take” when they have to start paying 1 percent into a retirement health savings account, and 5 percent into their pension account.
No, it cannot.
These are benefits that should be coming from their full-time jobs, and should not be at the expense of taxpayers to begin with.
We’d all love to know where all of the struggling working class, already putting in 40-plus hours a week, can find a part-time job with paid health and retirement benefits. This is pure greed, plain and simple.
When money becomes an issue for those serving on city council, making more money than most they are supposed to be serving, it is time they step aside and seek real jobs. They are a disgrace to the working poor of this city.
E. DUANE HOWARD
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