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November 4, 2008 at 2:49 PM

The local economy

Reduce salaries instead

All of our governing bodies are facing a budget crunch. Layoffs are looming.

I propose a different means to solve the problem: an across-the-board pay reduction seems to be a lot less detrimental and disruptive to the communities. Five or 10 percent may be enough to keep all the necessary positions filled with people who already know the ropes; there would be no gaps in services.

If there are unneeded positions, fine, eliminate them. If there are unnecessary services, delete them too.

Some employees may want to keep their positions at 90 percent salaries. Some might have other endeavors to pursue and opt for a buyout. Good. Others in mid-career may not find replacement jobs that approach even 50 percent of pay and want to stay.

Retraining new employees in the future will be costly, and the experience of the current staff will be lost.

Living with a reduction in salary is easier than losing it. I strongly recommend to the powers-that-be that a critical evaluation of the long-term effects of position elimination be investigated.

— Terry Slaton, Federal Way

You are the reason

The Times plops this incredibly stupid story on the front page about how poor Ron and Kimberly Henson are about to fall behind on their house payments [“Two jobs gone; money running out,” Times, Nov. 3].

Oh gosh, how bad can it be? Well, to start off with, when you lose your job, don’t buy a house.

For cripes sake. Poor Kimberly has been a stay-at-home mom for so long, she just can’t see going to work.

Please quit wasting my time on losers that can’t seem to get their poop together. It makes me want to tear my hair out. They could have easily moved into a nicer rental for far less than $2,400 a month.

And you wonder why the economy is going south?

— Judy Brezina, Carlton

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