Monday letters: Public employees are dedicated, not lazy

February 17, 2014 

— Steven Samonsky says that government employees are inefficient and lazy (“Public employees are inefficient,” Jan. 29) and should never receive bonuses for just doing their job. Should multi-million-dollar bonuses be given to Wall Street and bank employees for just doing their job? John F. Kennedy said “Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what can you do for your country.”

After working in government for 40 years, I have to disagree with Mr. Samonsky. The vast majority of government employees are efficient and very dedicated workers. Many public employees work longer and harder than many private-sector employees for less pay and fewer benefits. Public employees do their jobs and don’t get many bonuses compared to the private sector.

Does Mr. Samonsky think that we don’t need the military, police officers, teachers and dedicated administrators to manage the programs to serve and protect the general population? Our public servants should be thanked for their hard work and dedication rather than treated as people living on the public dole. I doubt the private sector would provide these services as cheaply since profits are required.

Bruce Bondo

Columbia

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