Think about outsourcing
Cities can’t do much about the heavy pension load now. Twenty years ago the cost of city services in the 2001 budget was thought to be only the salaries. However, the total cost was deferred until now when the city is paying for the retirement pension. A city can reduce future pension load by having fewer future pensioners. If a private company can be found to do the same work, the city in 2050 will have a smaller payment. Maybe the maintenance department can contract with private contractors that do the same job. The upfront cost of a painting, gardening or tree cutting job may be higher, but there can be fewer pensioners drawing money and benefits for 25 years.
— Byron Chong, Salinas
Don’t give up on masks
When I read letters such as the one in Sunday’s paper (denouncing mask-wearing) I am filled with such mixed emotions – bewilderment, frustration, outrage to mention just a few. Masks are the single most effective way to slow down the spread of the COVID virus as well as the simplest. Vaccinations, as long as enough people get one, are the only way to end this pandemic. Until then we are still at risk of another surge and the suffering and deaths that will accompany it. To think otherwise is to ignore basic scientific facts. People are very creative in coming up with reasons not to wear a mask. Masks are inconvenient and I have yet to meet anyone who likes wearing one. None of these reasons though compare to the dreadfulness of lying in an ICU on a ventilator or dealing with a lifetime of recurring health issues. Both of these are very real, non-trivial possibilities if you contract COVID or pass it on to someone else. We have paid a horrendous price during this pandemic but the end is near. The virus isn’t getting tired and neither should we until it is truly vanquished.
— Gary Kreeger, Del Rey Oaks
PG hotel project
Yes! Yet another Uber scale hotel to replace an older proper scale restaurant and historically significant motel.
Recently a representative of the hospitality industry addressed the Old Town Neighborhood Association.
Nothing different in the attitude from past decades. No mention of sharing resources, as usual. Residential neighborhoods are expendable … Water, not our problem. Traffic and parking ditto. Congestion uh uh. And what’s more, in case you weren’t paying attention we pretty much get what we want when we want it.
When suggestions were made on how the hospitality industry could help mitigate some of their impact on the community, those suggestions were promptly deflected and diverted into some other area.
I guess the whole point of the presentation was, feel sorry for us, since our cash cow is limping. Sorry! I don’t. You have had years to exploit the community for all it’s worth.
I’m just waiting for the industry to start acting responsibly, but I’m not holding my breath.
— Bob Grimes, Monterey
Biden has waited too long
It should be a major concern to all Americans that Joe Biden has yet to hold a formal press conference outlining major policy issues, outlining his plan for the country, and answering questions from the media. But no surprise there. His people can’t trust what he’ll say or remember. Just recently, the White House feed cut off Joe Biden twice when he offered to take questions. Additionally, he couldn’t remember the name of his Defense Secretary and referred to the Pentagon as “the outfit over there.” He was quickly ushered out of a visit to a hardware store when the media began asking him questions about the crisis at the border, and the media was asked to move away by his handlers. Sadly, his health is a concern. But Joe Biden is not running a business. He is running the United States of America … or is he? But wait! There’s Kamala Harris who has been attached to Joe Biden’s hip with every move he makes propping him up. Interesting to see her role evolving, especially as someone who had to pull out of the Presidential race due to lack of support. Seems the mainstream media should demand Joe Biden answer some tough questions in person, by himself, standing on his own. Americans deserve it.
— Patricia Nervino, Carmel Valley
Editor’s note: This letter was submitted before Biden’s Thursday press conference was announced.