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Money for nothing

Dear Editor:

I am still not clear why Pitkin County’s employees (and three elected officers) are receiving $1,000 bonuses, plus pay increases. Why aren’t the people whose work earned that money getting a bonus, rebate, tax decrease or something?

County employees aren’t out there busting their butts to make our guests happy. They aren’t putting their money on the line and laboring to make a hotel or condominium rental beautiful. They aren’t manning the phones, emails, MLS listings, Facebook and all the other networks to connect consumer needs with availability. They aren’t obligated to pay triple-net leases and risk life savings on a store or business.

The county’s idea of helping tends to create tougher hoops and regulations to jump through, sweetened with higher fees and taxes to pay for the “pleasure of jumping.”

Actually, as I write this, I think I understand why you’d take such a clueless action. We used to pay county commissioners a stipend because commissioners used to work real jobs. Since the Board of County Commissioners’ salary with benefits now exceeds what 85 percent of what the local work force earns, you no longer have any clue as to what is real life.

But no problem. You can fix this easy. Just give the rest of us working Joes 1,000 bucks, too. Promise, we won’t complain.

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Bryan Yossarian

Aspen