Letter: Bottom of the class is running the show

Many years ago…those who proved themselves got hired by private companies and those who were not so with it ended up in government work.

To the editor:

Many years ago, when I was graduating from electronics engineering, we had our choice of employers. I could go work at a government job for 17 per cent less than the private sector. Needless to say those who proved themselves got hired by private companies and those who were not so with it ended up in government work.

Skip ahead to 2013 and those guys who took the lower paid government jobs now make 20 per cent more than the private sector and have been promoted to senior positions. So we now have decisions being made that directly affect our taxes by those who were at the bottom of the class.

Let me give a few examples:

1. City traffic tech issues a work order to an electrician to change the signal timing at Benvoulin and Springfield. The work gets done, resulting in only four cars making it through on a green to cross Springfield. Traffic backs up past the heritage church much of the day. Traffic tech does not bother to see the mayhem created as he sits in the office with another coffee. This is the worst run department in the city.

2. Works department gets a nice cheque after a fire in City Park burns down the building. ‘Hey guys, let’s see if we can spend the whole thing on the most expensive biffy ever built by a municipality.’ Never mind what Victoria did for one tenth the price or what Paris has on every other block.

3. The province hands the city some money to make KLO Road more bus-friendly. Never mind that the only real issue is getting the bus driver to pull into the ample room in front of the college. No, we are going to create fancy pull outs, then remove the two-way left turn lane because there might be an accident someday. And we will spend more money putting in concrete dividers and grass and trees that taxpayers can maintain for the next 50 years whilst impeding snow removal.

All we can do is pay our taxes and weep. At no time will city hall ever listen to logic because they were at the bottom of the class.

I am sorry if I have offended some city staff. If you are one of the bright ones, why do you let others get away with such things?

Bruce Stevenson,



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