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  • Ed. Anstey
    July 10, 2013 - 20:06

    that's the same BS that was pushed down our throats 50 years ago by government members so they gave themselves big fat salaries and lucrative pensions along with a lot of perks and privileges but we have continually got worse governments over the last 50 years. the present regime is living proof of that because there is not one member of that bunch of clowns that could properly run an outhouse.

  • elizabeth
    July 10, 2013 - 14:50

    what a great editorial,really enjoyedit,i wish the person who wrote it was running for a seat, he or she would get my vote.The crowd down at city hall have no shame ,we should kick them out, they are a disgrace.

  • Joe
    July 10, 2013 - 11:13

    Mr. Kent many volunteers work mores hours for no pay. If they want to get on the gravytrain they can become MHA's although I would suggest they not run as PC"s.

  • Steve
    July 10, 2013 - 08:51

    I think your conclusion is off. People are always complaining about salaries and benefits for elected officials. I think St. John's is at a juncture where we really need to consider whether Council members should be paid as full time positions. I understand that many of them put in a lot of hours in a week, and it is very difficult to keep a full time job on top of a Council position. If it is impossible or impractical to retain your full time job as well as be a member of Council, and if Councilor salaries remain what they are right now, you have just limited your range of potential candidates significantly. You will see wealthy business types running, people whose spouses make lots of money, retired people, and people who earn relatively low wages, for whom the current salary would be an improvement, or at least no less than what they are making now. We would be excluding the vast majority of professional people out there in the public and private sectors, some of whom have vested pension plans or established careers. These people are not going to leave their jobs for a lower salary and no pension. We are talking about the most educated and accomplished people in their fields - the best and the brightest - people who are earning $50 to $90 grand a year, who have families to support, mortgages, etc. We need to figure this one out, people, otherwise we are short changing ourselves by eliminating a large group of highly qualified individuals with lots of expertise.