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. . . sometimes you don't do something because you're getting paid, you do it because it's the right thing to do . . .
Born deserves credit for voting against pay hike
As the Council moves towards voting itself a massive payraise, I would like to extend my thanks to Councilor Born, whose anti-raise stance puts her head and shoulders above her raise-hungry colleagues. Unlike Ms. Born, the rest of the Council, who only 7 months ago begged for our votes and pleaded for our money, appears to believe that they are always on the clock. Attend a Council meeting? Get paid. Drop by a sub-committee meeting? Get paid. Read a Council information package? Get paid. Okay, so far their logic is making sense, regardless of how much time they actually spend performing those functions.
But attend a graduation, get paid? Attend a public ceremony, get paid? Talk to a constituent, get paid? Get real! Will we pay overtime to the teachers who come in at night to watch their students perform? Will we compensate the various Board and Commission members who, often in the face of much public flogging, meet week after week to carry out the nuts and bolts of the city's business? Will we find salaries for the neighborhood committee members, the folks who spend both their time and money trying to balance a development hungry administration?
I hope the answers to the above questions are "no." The citizens and employees who volunteer their time to carry out these tasks, who provide the glue that holds our city together, understand that sometimes you don't do something because you're getting paid, you do it because it's the right thing to do.
I'm glad that at least Councilor Born understands that concept.