Maybe double-dipping isn’t a problem for the writer of the Aug. 18 Readers’ Forum letter “Double-dipping isn’t a problem.” But for some of us, it is.
What about the young men and women who are graduating from college and looking for a job? Or those who have worked under Dean Sparks, the executive director of Lucas County Children Services, and want to advance their careers?
It is unfair for double-dippers to retire and return to the same job with the same pay. If they want to retire, then they should leave. If they want to come back, then they should start at the bottom of the organization.
County should cut paid time off
I read the letter from the Lucas County employee detailing his struggles to take off the 10-plus weeks of time he claims to be entitled to every year (“Paid time off adds up for Lucas County,” Readers’ Forum, Aug. 16).
I don’t believe that most taxpayers share his amusement about how burdensome it has become for him to take all of his vacation.
He suggests that the county must spend millions of dollars on additional staff to fill in for those who use their accrued time. This problem could be remedied by adjusting the frequency of paid days off for public employees.
Lavish benefits aren’t ‘amusing’
The letter writer acknowledges that he was the ninth-highest-com-pensated Lucas County employee for unused time in 2013.
He wrote that he has so much time off that it is “difficult to use all of my 25 vacation days, 15 sick and personal days, two weeks off for Christmas, and time off for every other holiday you can name.” His time off amounts to about 10 weeks per year.
He also states that he finds the controversy “amusing.” The tone of his letter is mocking and disrespectful.
It is astounding that county employees have so much time off, and that they are paid for it if they don’t use it.
I doubt that any of us taxpayers finds the situation amusing.
Drivers need to relearn basics
Several new roundabouts have been constructed in the Toledo region. The Blade could provide a vital public service by publishing an article that explains to drivers the difference between a yield sign and a stop sign.
It would help diminish the use of car horns and help preserve my sanity.