wow....after 9-11 people were complaining that firefighters should get paid more for risking their lives to save other people. now you are complaining that they are getting too much of a pension for all that hard work? we should be proud that our city pays these firefighters a great salary and a great pension. if you think about it, that means that we probably have the best firefighters around. they work hard for their money and do their jobs right. if you people really want to complain about this, why not go down to the fire station and tell those men they dont deserve the amount of money they are earning. i dont think anyone has the balls to do that.
You are obviously a selective reader. I made reference to a letter to the editor in yesterday's MEN. My take is simply this. We are in recessionary times. Everyone is. That's a fact. You know it, I know it. We see the auto workers taking cuts, wages are stagnant, the GNP is stagnant and every local government wants to keep on increasing spending. I can easily relate to the letter writers position. When I read about a firefighter getting a 65K pension or a 70K pension and then the rebuttal to the letter says it's true, I start wondering who is in touch with reality.
In as much as I don't live in the city and have volunteer fire protection services, I don't really give a hoot about what they make or don't make. What I'm saying is that the population is shrinking and so is the tax base, especially here in this county. As it shrinks, the availability of funds shrink. Obviously, local gummit is out of tune with that decrease in funding.
The problem runs much, much deeper than the fire departmenmt or even Monroe County, but it's a problem that needs addressed and addressed soon or guess what......your services, you know, the ones you take for granted, are going to go away, simply because the funding for those services don't exist anymore.
On the job scenario, any applicant to the fire department, police department, state police or sheriff's department that is accepted, knows going in full well what the risks are and accepts those risks as part of the job. Remember, it's a job, just like the garbageman. No different. Every job has inherent risks and those riske must be weighed by the person who is entertaining that profession. Just because firefighters and law enforcement officers are in the public eye more than say, a garbageman, it don't mean the garbageman's job isn't risky either.
You do your job and you are compensated for it. What the letter was about is basically what is equitable compensation and what's not.
To quote a line that I heard from one of my students a few days ago.....'gimme is what got you here'. We seem to live in a 'Gimme' society. Gimme this and gimme that. Gimme more money, benefits, pension, personal gratification, more time off, better working conditions.... the list goes on and on. Problem is, Gimme is what got us
here. It's past time to change that attitude. Maybe it's too late.