, Salem, MA


April 26, 2014

Letter: City is cheating Salem taxpayers

To the editor:

You really have to admire the fiscal audacity of Salem City Hall. The administration of Mayor Driscoll is an amazing machine to behold. There is no timidity to absolutely throwing the taxpayers’ money out the window like a cheap ticker tape parade in New York City.

Instead of biting the bullet and facing the reality of our fading personal wealth, the city wants to make sure it can attract “highly qualified” people for the Salem school system, to replace the “highly qualified” people that couldn’t quite keep the state’s educational rating up to par. The first thing the newly elected City Council did was to vote themselves and the mayor a raise! First-time councilors who haven’t even gotten their feet wet are all ready to raise themselves on a golden platter. Wow!

In a time when the mayor is resorting to kowtowing with syndicates, I mean gambling casino enterprises, banking on a new power plant and relying on the illusion that there is a never-ending supply of tourists who are dying to visit our fair city, you have to ask yourself, when this all fails what and who is left to pay the bills? I would like to know how many of you out there will get a raise this year, let alone a $20,000 one?! How many of you are getting paid $400 a day like the school principals who, in my opinion, are nothing more than wardens of institutions where students are trained like primates to pass tests and never given a chance to develop critical thinking or an education that would develop each individual’s personality?

You can be sure, dear taxpayer, that the city of Salem will be seeking more from your worn-out pocket. Homeowners and business owners, you will be the last refuge of funding so these “highly qualified” city employees can get their “well-earned” paychecks.

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