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Lettersto the Editor 5/3

May 03, 2002

Too much for an administrator

To the editor:

The Hagerstown City Administrator will get a "more than $2,000 pay raise and another week of paid vacation" under terms of a new four-year contract.

His current annual salary is $88,171. A living wage by any standard, wouldn't you say? But, under the new contract he will make $90,313 a year.

Any wonder why Hagerstaxtown has a budget crunch the city officials are constantly whining about?

But wait, there is more. The additional vacation time will give the city administrator four weeks vacation. He currently gets only three weeks, poor dear.

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Wait. Again, there is more. He will receive a $200 a month car allowance or a city-provided car. He will choose the car allowance. Surprise, surprise, who wouldn't? That comes out to $2,400 annually just to drive around the city. How does one get a cushy job like that? How are all you other city employees doing?

His job, for which he receives this most generous largesse? He is responsible for day-to-day operation of the city and prepares a proposed budget to submit to the mayor and council.

If he does that, what the heck does the mayor do?

Sounds like a whole lot of payroll padding at taxpayer expense to me.

No wonder the folks in Hagerstaxtown are taxed and taxed and taxed

Think about this the next time you hear hizzoner whine about having to cut services to stay within the budget. Think about it.

Don Vance

Hagerstown




If IRS workers cheat the system...

To the editor:

The reparations hoax was uncovered in an April 13 Washington Post, Page A1 article that reported 100,000 tax returns claiming $2.7 billion for phantom "slavery tax credits," resulting in a final pay out of $30 million in bogus refunds for 2000 and 2001.

To add insult to injury, 12 low-level IRS workers applied for the credits, individually. Item two of the Code of Ethics for Government Service states that any government employee should uphold the Constitution, laws and legal regulations of the United States and never be a party to their evasion.

Those same employees still working at the IRS could be subject to disciplinary action, since they (more so than the general public) should have known that no such tax credit existed.

Front-line employees do not run the agency. The IRS managers and supervisors that allowed such lax procedures (which relies solely on a computer program) to be put into place leading to this misappropriation of taxpayer funds should be held accountable by being subject to adverse disciplinary action as well, to ensure future compliance with federal law.

Reasonable people can debate the reparations issue. What all Americans should be able to agree on is that such an egregious violation of current federal tax law should never happen again. Americans deserve to get what they pay for from government and clearly did not get their money's worth in this case.

Forrest R. Fauber

Martinsburg, W.Va.




Light needed at Y entrance

To the editor:

Here we go into the sixth month, and I am surprised that no one has been killed yet on Eastern Boulevard. where our new YMCA has been built.

Now don't get me wrong, there has really been some close scrapes of cars cutting completely around other cars, and passing them on their right side, and many times people being very alert and avoiding a complete crackup.

But come on now - Let's get realistic about this matter. There is no need for this. Cars are coming around the curve from the Dual Highway around 45 to 50 miles per hour. You really got to dig in to get away from them. And if you're not very alert at the time, you will get socked.

Let's wake up, County Department of Roads or whatever, and get either a blinker light here or a traffic lights to stop this traffic. Someone is going to get killed.

Ellis Duffey

Hagerstown

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