Arrow-right Camera
Go to e-Edition Sign up for newsletters Customer service
Subscribe now
Opinion >  Letters

Leaders’ pay should tumble

The Spokesman-Review

In last Sunday’s paper, Babette Banducci of Coeur d’Alene wrote that presidents are worth the money we pay them. I disagree with huge payments to government officials. For one thing, it puts them out of touch with the day-to-day reality the rest of us are facing, ballooning their egos and making them believe they are worth all that. The money comes right from many people who can ill afford it.

After considerable thought, I believe elected officials, who are there to “serve,” should take a vow of poverty, while in office, having only their basic needs and needs to fulfill the job taken care of. We elect them to serve, not to profit. Is there any politician you can recall who didn’t say during the election process he or she was going to serve the needs of the people?

They need to set the example for integrity. They are not doing so. Gregoire comes to mind also. What good did her recent trip to Iraq do for our troops? It was a convenient excuse for travel.

Becky A. McPherson

Valley, Wash.


 

Letters policy

The Spokesman-Review invites original letters on topics of public interest. Your letter must adhere to the following rules:

  • No more than 250 words
  • We reserve the right to reject letters that are not factually correct, racist or are written with malice.
  • We cannot accept more than one letter a month from the same writer.
  • With each letter, include your daytime phone number and street address.
  • The Spokesman-Review retains the nonexclusive right to archive and re-publish any material submitted for publication.
Unfortunately, we don’t have space to publish all letters received, nor are we able to acknowledge their receipt.
Click here to learn more.

Submit letters using any of the following:

Our online form

Mail: Letters to the Editor
The Spokesman-Review
999 W. Riverside Ave.
Spokane, WA 99201

Email: editor@spokesman.com
Fax: (509) 459-3815
Questions?: (509) 459-5430