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Answers to writer’s questions
When you have a job, your employer pays for any needed equipment to perform the job safely. The school bus drivers do not need raincoats, safety vests, stop signs and lights.
There is only one former employee who retired and came back to work. The city saved money on training for 12 weeks. The city does not have to pay the former employee’s health insurance and retirement.
The city commissioners get $663.79 per month for 12 months for a total of $7,965.48 after retirement is taken out, and not $8,246 as Debbie Rose stated in her letter to the editor.
The city tries to keep good employees by treating them right. For each new patrolman, it costs the city $50,000 to get them ready for the street. Let alone what it costs to train and outfit a new firefighter.
WMU lost three or four sanitation employees in the last couple of weeks to Lexington and Richmond because of higher pay.
There also are employers out there who do furnish coffee for their employees and visitors.
Sept. 11: Ten years later
Ten years ago, as our country proved to no longer be invincible, Americans came together as one. Strangers became brothers and foes became friends. We all have our own, unique ways to mark the anniversary of Sept. 11, but I feel sure you will join many others in remembering the same images and sounds that shocked us on that day.
In horror, we watched as two citadels of America’s power and independence — the World Trade Center and the Pentagon — became the first targets in a cowardly, nameless attack on our country. We stood in awe as the Twin Towers were reduced to tons of broken concrete, shattered glass and twisted metal. Our faith in the goodness of men faltered as we saw a section of the Pentagon erupt in fire, consuming the lives of Americans who so bravely served there. These were acts of war, the magnitude of which we had never experienced.
With the rally call of “Let’s Roll,” our fellow Americans on United Airlines Flight 93 paid the ultimate price in diverting what might have been an attack on the White House. The courage of these brave men and women, who accepted their own terrible fate, and courageously overwhelmed their hijackers, shows the strength and heart of our country. So many sounds evoke that day, the blare of sirens echoing through city streets that just hours earlier were packed with the movers and shakers of Gotham, or the chirp of cell phones ringing with calls desperately in search of an answer. Even more startling, the lack of sound, the utter silence that screams of human lives ended far too soon.
This destruction was the first brutal act in a war that we continue to wage against these cowards who hover in the shadows and hide in caves. Like our soldiers who answered the call of duty following the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, our men and women of the armed forces have risen up against this inhumanity and continuously bring our nation ever closer to defeating those who look to do harm. Our nation showed the world the face of terror can destroy our buildings, but they will never destroy our resolve or the principles our country is founded upon.
May we be vigilant and never forget that the American pride and hope are shining beacons of light that the darkness and evil of those who look to harm our nation cannot, nor will ever, comprehend.