Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Waiting by the mailbox for a response

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Max Bronstein’s excellent commentary on the root causes of the budget deficit (‘‘Open forum: Too much is too much,” May 7 www.gazette.net⁄speakout) ends with a plea to taxpayers to contact County Executive Isiah Leggett and County Council to urge rollbacks in gilt-edged employee contracts.

Newspapers have editorially recognized the need to reduce excessive union contracts to no avail. And we repeatedly written council about this, but to what end?

When we get a reply from council, and that is not always the case, it is usually a form response that addresses some issue we have not raised. A recent example is our communication on Leggett’s Loo.

The point we raised, documented by published pricing data, was that the fixtures being purchased were overly expensive compared to what taxpayers could buy for their own needs. We received a reply addressing the security needs for the bathroom, a point we nowhere raised.

Subsequent attempts to get our point addressed have been met with total silence. Communications alerting council that they misread their constituents’ concerns are ignored. Either council can’t read or they simply don’t care. No wonder we’re in the fix we’re in.

Elizabeth and George Vary, Bethesda