Wednesday letters: Public employees are inefficient

January 29, 2014 

How can we save the taxpayers billions? Simply stop all state and federal bonus programs. We pay people to do the job; to give them bonuses to do the same job is paying twice. In my mind, that is misappropriation of funds.

I am 63 years old. When I started work, you were expected to give your best every day. If you didn’t, you were replaced. I thought it was fair then, and I think it is fair now. Everyone likes extra money. Today state and federal workers’ attitudes seem to be that if they do less and are ineffective, they will be paid more and someone else will be hired to help them.

There are other ways to reward a person for what was once called outstanding work, but today it goes lacking. Try offering time off. Since the workers are inefficient anyway, this would save money by reducing cost and reducing inefficiency. If they are not there, then no one could say they are inefficient. The jobs they were not going to do anyway would not be done but with a more acceptable reason: They had the day off. You and I would feel better when something was not done because the individual had the day off and wasn’t just lazy and inefficient.

Steven Samonsky


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