Monday, August 6, 2012
"Trough has run dry"
Trough has run dry - one person's opinion from the San Bernardino County Sun--"Has anyone read an article or heard a news story where the San Bernardino police and firefighters and their unions took any responsibility for their actions? The answer is an obvious no! The city spends over 75 percent of its money to provide for these hogs at the trough. And when there is no money do the police and firefighters throw their hats in the ring and ask what they can do to help? Uh ... nope! Even though being a first responder has its inherent dangers, we might as well face one fact: Most police and firefighters go about their day-to-day jobs like anyone else. The mundane makes up 99.9 percent of their shifts. And although I do not want to take away from what some of them do, the rest just hang on like any cubicle worker in private business. And then they jump ship with huge vacation and sick leave payouts, many with a medical retirement that happened because they became too overweight and had non-life threatening injuries that some doctor said was duty-related. And this "disability" retirement is not taxed at the same rate as regular retirement. And now that there is no money in the trough, the police and firefighters go berserk because in the end they are all about themselves and care less about the public unless it is harassing young juveniles in the downtown area. . . . It's time police officers and firefighters from all cities and counties get a clue because we are broke and if they don't become part of the solution they will reap the rewards of a life of greed."