Thursday, August 9, 2007

It's not the CSB Chief's salary that's interesting

John Saros will make $137K to lead the county's most embattled organization -- CSB. If the organization doesn't turn around quickly, Saros will be using most of that cash for Tylenol.

While some folks will chat in circles today about "how can that guy make that much money?!?!?" I'm less inclined to care about Saros' salary or any of the top money earners.

When it comes to the big dogs of county employees, the leaders' salaries are only poodles in the county kennel.

I'm more interested in what Saros' CSB case workers are making (or not making) than what the new guy's paycheck will look like.

I'm more interested in what deputies in bullet-proof vests who wrestle bad guys and get shot at are making than the Sheriff who manages them.

I'm more interested in what the prosecutors who work late hours off the clock to make sure they put away rapists and killers are earning than what the elected prosecutor pockets.

People and families in the Akron-Canton area are struggling to make a good dollar these days and that includes those who work on the government dime.

Nothing frustrates me more than a sign in a window that says, "it's the perfect second job!" Second??? Why isn't one job enough these days? Why can't a man support his family on 40 hours alone? Why can't a single mom pay the bills working 8-5 and be off to care for kids the rest of the time?

While the public does need to know who is making what with our tax dollars, I would rather see stories on how little some of the working-class folks are making than read about the nation-wide searches and elections that landed their bosses in those high-paying jobs.

It's just more interesting.

The gap between the "Haves" and the "Have Nots" is the wage a great many are paying for .. and paying dearly.

2 comments:

NEOBuckeye said...

I totally agree, Eric. I think everyone other than those top officials you mentioned is just barely scraping by, still in search of the American Dream that seems to be slipping further and further from their reach. But I don't think most Americans are ready to give up on the Dream yet, even if it is killing them. We've all been taught that hard work equals success, and at one point perhaps it was so. But for many people these days, it's just about treading water, if even that is still possible for them. When the inability to just break even builds to a critical mass, perhaps we will finally see real demand for change.

Susan said...

Quote from a American who Cares: Nothing frustrates me more than a sign in a window that says, "it's the perfect second job!" Second??? Why isn't one job enough these days? Why can't a man support his family on 40 hours alone? Why can't a single mom pay the bills working 8-5 and be off to care for kids the rest of the time?
I have to thank Mr. Mansfield for his words being a single mom in todays world, for thinking of another and caring not just for the single mothers but also the fathers that work there butts off for there familys and work the 2 jobs to make ends meet for the Mother to be there for there children! Thank you for thinking of the *Little Guy* *I agree we need change* A little of my story as a single mom in todays world is in The Letter to the Editor Aug. 03, 2007 it began about the MN Bridge and I just couldn't believe the angur that one of the people spoke of me and mine, not even knowing me. I felt a little hate in his words towards low income people! Like we were animals because we where low income working/trying to make ends meet and getting off the help of the Government? When I finally get to where I am trying to get in life I will be one of the ones helping the low income, the single mothers, the familys that have fathers working 2 jobs for there familys. We have to begin someplace. The more of us that speak out. The more we will see how many familys really are trying to better our State, Country, World! I know one thing we need to not be so quick to Judge others and for once slow down and listen to our *Little Guys* We might be little in some eyes but very big in others Thank you Mr. Mansfield for a light after this weeks Letter to the Editor. We need more people Like you to voice what needs changed! I also must thank the one posting our comments on the Letter to the Editor because they let me speak out!