Letters - Jan. 14

Raising questions

Whether or not Bob Francis is given a raise should not be based on the logic that he needs to make more than the people who work for him. He certainly may deserve a raise but that should be based on his evaluation, competence and expertise at his job.

For example let us hypothetically say engineers are at a premium, in demand and the average salary in the U.S. is now at $200,000 (sorry Dave, hypothetical). That would not mean anyone who is their boss should therefore be paid more. Base it on the qualifications and hard work as it should be. Good luck on your raise.

Nigel Longland

Mosier

Too informed

If I am misinformed on the casino issues it is due to the information provided on the Cascade Locks NO Casino Web site and the No Gorge Casino (Coalition for Oregon’s Future) Web site. The No Gorge Casino (Coalition for Oregon’s Future) Web site at www.nogorgecasino.com provides the initial member list which includes the restaurant association and the Confederated Tribe of the Grand Ronde and the Friends of the Gorge. The Cascade Locks No Casino Web site at www.cl-nocasino.org has the article which appeared on the front page of the Hood River News, on Jan. 4, 2006, called “Two groups combine to fight casino in Cascade Locks.”

In this article Mr. Randall stated that the no casino groups are combining and will be called the No Gorge Casino group, which if you go to the No Gorge Casino Web site, states it’s also the Coalition for Oregon’s Future.

In addition to this it might be helpful to read the minutes from the Grand Ronde Tribal Council meeting dated May 20, 2005, where they passed resolution No. 078-05.

This resolution states they are donating $1,000,000 to the Coalition for Oregon’s Future to specifically fight a casino in the Gorge. This is all documented proof of who is funding the No Casino fight and it is not the residents of the Gorge as you proclaim.

So please do not claim to be fighting for the rights of the people of the Gorge, when in fact you are indirectly working for those who benefit financially if there is not a casino in the Gorge.

I do not think that you have misinformed me, but in fact have provided me with too much information about your organization.

I believe that you (Mr. Randall) truly do not want a casino in the Gorge for your own personal reasons and I respect that, but do not tell me that the No Gorge Casino does not have influential members funding this project that have ulterior motives to preventing a casino in the Gorge and those members are using you as a spokesperson, because you are one of a handful members that live in Cascade Locks.

Lynae Hansen

Cascade Locks

Backwards process

After an extensive recruitment, the current Hood River City Manager was selected and offered the position at a stated salary. And now, after the fact, the Mayor (Linda Rouches) and Councilor (Ann Frodel) are concerned that the City Manager’s pay is below average.

The question on my mind: why are city leaders only now looking at the City Manager’s pay? Given the 15 percent salary increase proposed, the entire recruitment process now comes under question. Is it possible that the city would have hired someone else had it advertised the job at a higher rate?

And now the only fair thing to do is award a 15 percent raise? An incremental increase may be in order, phased over a reasonable length of time and tied to certain performance goals, like a balanced budget.

Engineering jobs are not limited to city government and the pay is occupationally based. Given the educational background and professional certifications required of a licensed engineer, the comparison to City Manager is at best apples to oranges or pears to cherries, if you like.

I am also not surprised that the Police Chief has higher pay. Protective service occupations demand higher pay because they are inherently dangerous and stressful jobs with demanding hours. Both of these positions went through a competitive recruitment process and a candidate was hired.

If the City Manager was interested in either job, I guess he could have applied.

I am totally lost on the whole morale issue. Likewise I am interested in learning more about the structure of city government. I did not know that the Police Chief and the City Engineer worked for the City Manager; I thought they worked for city taxpayers.

Dallas Fridley

Hood River

Spending plans

Q: What’s the difference between an elected official and a sailor on leave?

A: A sailor spends his OWN money.

John Codino

Hood River

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