This is in regard to the news article about city cutbacks in the Saturday, June 16, Madera Tribune:
It saddens me to read about the city cutback in jobs being considered, and you may ask, why? Isn’t the city overstaffed with high-paying jobs? Well, you are right; the management positions are high-paying jobs for Madera, and maybe they should consider a cut in pay to keep the meat of the city business working.
The jobs they are cutting put a lot of money back in our local economy. They pay rent or mortgages for housing, they buy local food and household items, frequent our entertainment businesses, patronize our service businesses and have children in our local schools.
Madera has been on the CNN News these past few weeks talking about the improvement in our housing prices, but that will be short-lived with continued job layoffs, not only in the private sector but our local government.
Please, fathers of our community, find a way to cut your pay, reduce benefits and spread it around to keep the employees you are thinking about cutting working and spending in our community. Have you considered a citizens committee to assist in the budget plans? Some private sector ideas might be creative and useful?
Linda L. Lewis,