I found myself in a position yesterday that really, really made me wish it was okay to kick and scream and react in the same mindless, ignorant way this person had done.
Thankfully, I didn't.
Though part of me still kinda wants to.
Most of you know the situation my husband and I are facing with impending layoffs in the city. A "sudden" deficit has come up of 6 million dollars for next year's city budget, so they're making up the difference by, that's right, cutting fireman and policeman's jobs. 38 fireman, 26 cops.
It's still hard to type that without rolling my eyes.
Anyway, my husband is facing a layoff, after nearly two years of service, by December 31st. The layoffs have to be approved by city council and its becoming a big ordeal, as it should be. It shouldn't be easy to lay off that many men and women who have given their lives to service and sacrificed money and family time to do something worthwhile.
Well this issue has also created quite a stir in the community and even surrounding communities. There is a new facebook group dedicated for the sole purpose of ranting and voicing your opinions on the situation. It seems, based on the ones who have spoken up, that most everyone in the city is outraged and would rather raises taxes or do something along those lines then lose their protection services. But so far they haven't been given that option to vote on. I'm guessing it might be coming but I can't be sure.
This city has been KNOWN for being great. For being safe. For low crime rates and Class 1 Rating response time and coverage for fire. To lose that, crime will grow, and people will die from not being reached in time. It's inevitable. Not to mention homeowners insurance going up because of losing that Class 1 ranking. People are outraged, as they should be.
So after hearing so much encouragement and sympathy and support from everyone I know and even strangers online, it was quite the shock to log onto a news website and read a comment from (and I'm being nice) the peanut gallery.
Everyone else on the website had posted responses that were intelligent, not emotional, even though they expressed their personal feelings as well. It was nice to read. It wasn't a big lynch mob for the mayor, though I've seen those posts too. It was educated and refreshing.
Til one post. Anonymous Poster wrote in (in horrible grammar and run-on sentences I might add) that cops and firemen were overpaid and it was high time someone realized that and did something about it, and that the state pay they earn monthly is unnecessary and doesn't do anything but feed their donut fetish.
I almost dropped my laptop.
I can't tell you how many horrible responsese I wrote and deleted before sending. I was livid. Overpaid? Are you KIDDING me? City service salaries are public knowledge, you can easily look them up and see for yourself, and it's ridiculous to even use that word. Overpaid???? I know secretaries who start out at more. Why do you think all firemen have second jobs?
I know that post was written by someone who had done zero research, probably heard glimpses of the story, and ran off at the mouth just to do it. Some people unfortunately are like that.
And I kinda hope Anonymous Poster is a resident of this particular city and wonders why help is taking so long next time they're in a car wreck or other emergency.
Sorry, Anonymous Poster. They're too busy eating donuts.