Sue Lewis: Favoring furloughs

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I was appalled, but not surprised, at Rob Douglas' April 24 column "Practicing gutter politics." The column is trademark Rob Douglas.

Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall singlehandedly has brought this issue to the gutter. Gary Wall's budget went from $1.5 million in 2004 to $4.6 million. Is it possible that Sheriff Wall needs to figure out how to balance a budget?

The majority of Routt County employees are in favor of the furlough. We want to help with the solution and do our part to prevent as many layoffs as possible. Why is it that Wall chooses to be part of the problem instead of part of the solution?

The commissioners work from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, they attend night meetings, weekend meetings, they answer questions at the grocery store they receive phone calls at home to discuss county business. A person who takes on a responsibility of this magnitude and gets paid less than their department leaders/elected officials must care a great deal for Routt County and the people who work for them.

The nation is in an economic crisis, and Routt County is feeling this, as well. We all need to do our part for the greater good.

Sue Lewis

Craig

Comments

Scott Wedel 5 years, 7 months ago

Fact check please: "Gary Wall's budget went from $1.5 million in 2004 to $4.6 million."

According to an earlier article the Sheriff's dept budget went from $3.1M in 2004 to $4.6M in 2009, an increase of $1,5M.

So the essential fact behind this letter to the editor would appear to be flat out wrong.

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Suz 5 years, 7 months ago

What the employees are in favor of is a furlough over a pay cut. Not both. One can only hope that over time things will pick back up and they could once again work full time. With a straight pay cut the commissions do not have to give the employees their pay back as was stated in the meeting yesterday. The employees favored the furlough because there are some familes that may need to pick up extra work to make ends meet. A furlough gives them the chance to do that.

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RandS 5 years, 7 months ago

Suz stated,"One can only hope that over time things will pick back up and they could once again work full time." Sorry crime does not go into a recession. Sue Lewis- I thank Mr. Douglas for his accurate report of the detention center issues.

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Suz 5 years, 7 months ago

You are correct...crime is indeed getting worse. It will not go on furlough just because the county does. And no, a furlough in all departments may not be the answer either. There are some that it will work in better than others that is for sure. That is what should have been considered. So, who and what gets cut? Where do you start?

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RandS 5 years, 7 months ago

It is a tough call. I know that there needs to be cuts. The problem is that in public safety if you cut in one area you need to understand it will effect another. Rob Peter to pay Pual never works. What's going to happen is a deputy is going to get hurt and the county will end up paying anyway. Just like the government, nothing changes until something bad happens. We are on borrowed time.

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Duke_bets 5 years, 7 months ago

Scott is correct that the entire basis of the article is false.

Sue Lewis - Do you believe crime is going to decrease? Please answer that question. You should of thought of that before the article. The sheriff's department is already working with a limited staff. Wall cut 3%.........That is a start and good for him on making an effort.

Decreasing pay and hours for law enforcement is extremely high risk with little reward.

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Suz 5 years, 7 months ago

It is clear after reading the comments posted here that there is no one size fits all solution. What works for one department won't work for another department. And what works for right now may not work later on down the road. We can all see that short staffing the sherrif's office is not a good idea, just as short staffing the road and bridge department in the winter isn't. Cuts do need to be made. I feel for the familes that are effected by these cuts and the ones yet to come.

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Suz 5 years, 7 months ago

Speaking of the cuts to come.....do you think they will cut the dead weight that everyone knows exists? Or will they just start at the bottom of the totem pole? Will a man or woman's skills be considered or will it just be the last guy hired? Who ever it is, it will be someone that we know. I would not want to be the one to make those decisions. Let us hope that some judgment is used when that time comes.

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2strokesmoke 5 years, 7 months ago

how about we start at the airport? how much city and county money is used there? and to who's benefit? a very small percentage of the community. also who pays for the courtesy vehicle I see driving around town it seems like quite frequently?

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jerry carlton 5 years, 7 months ago

sickof it all, You are right. I have applied numerous times in the last 9 years to get a city or county job full time but have never made the grade. They are some of the best paying jobs in the county for working people. I must not be too worthless as I had 5 years in Dec. at the current job and I am not laid off yet. Never know when it may happen though?

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