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Letter Opposes Commish Pay Raises

On Dec. 13 in the article “Giving themselves a raise,” two greedy members of our community voted to give themselves more money instead of focusing on the needs of others around them. This is just like Congress, who every few years decide to vote on adding more to their pay also. Too much government I say. The county commissioners’ average income is now $72,585 whereas compared to many teachers who earn $55,000 if they’re very, very lucky. They have not had ANY raises in years, and last I checked they have a bigger impact on the future kids than these “great leaders, the commissioners” (sarcasm implied). Instead of deciding to help in the city of Coeur d’Alene’s 10 year-plan to end homelessness or giving more care to the food bank or improving horrible schools with out-of-date books and equipment, they think they deserve the money more for doing “such a great job” (more sarcasm)/Caleb Weeks, letter to the editor, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Do you think voters will remember this pay raise six months from now, when Commissioners Jai Nelson and Todd Tondee face possible GOPrimary challenges?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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