To the editor:
Congratulations to the city's pay-raise winners!
Once again, the winners get a bigger slice of the pie and the losers get sand kicked in their faces.
The important people, the city's upper echelon, get significant raises, while those who are the lifeblood of our community get shunted to one side.
After all, we all know those with fancy titles, the so-called winners, deserve more. They are smarter, have more motivation and are morally superior to the rest of us losers — firefighters, police, teachers and public work peasants who don't do much of importance anyway.
How easily the city could do without us losers, but how devastating life would be without our overpaid bureaucrats.
Instead, our city sticks with the "Peter Principle," which notes that employees tend to rise to their level of incompetence. The more important sounding one's title, the more one is paid.
It wouldn't be so bad if the elitists who think they are the backbone of our city were to realize their rise to the top is simply an accident of circumstance and has no relationship to how intellectually talented or morally superior they fantasize they are.
I guess it's best for us "losers" to dutifully bow our heads and offer them our heartfelt appreciation for the crumbs they throw our way.
If, however, you are tired of being callously tossed into the loser's bin, come join me at www.losersanonymous.org and feel good about yourself. Everyone loses from time to time, but that doesn't make you a loser.
david N. Bader