Who does Gant represent?

The past couple of days I read the reports in the Daily Sun News on the city of Sunnyside employees' wages and the response of the city council.

First off, what blows my mind is the statement Councilman Bill Gant made: "Quite frankly, I am getting a little tired of hearing about the citizens. A lot of times citizens choose crappy lifestyles which lead to crappy lives, and that's the choice they make."

Wow! Who does he think he is representing? Is it the citizens or is it the city employees?

Does he realize that we are living in a moderate to low income area? This is not Seattle, Chicago or New York, for sure.

Has Mr. Gant ever been self-employed like many of us? The self-employed person has no guaranteed annual income. It varies from year to year.

Are we, the self-employed, among the crappy citizens who choose crappy lifestyles? The self-employed do not have any benefits. The self-employed pay all the fees, the taxes and many other business expenses that need to be paid every month, including expenses to keep the city going.

Come on now, get a life, man.

All we ever hear about is raising taxes and raising wages. Maybe all of the city employees should volunteer to accept a 10 percent cut in their wages for two years to balance the budget. If all of the local, state and federal employees would agree to a reduction in pay instead of an increase in pay, we could come close to balancing many budgets.

/s/ H. J. Timmermans, Sunnyside


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