Wages for state workers appear to be too high
Regarding “Vacation policy takes toll” (News, April 11): The outrage of your story is not that employees are being paid for unused vacation time. They would have been paid for that time had they used the vacation time in the first place. Rather, the outrage of the story is that state employees are being paid $372,800 per year in salary!
No wonder the state is experiencing such a severe budget crisis. It’s unnecessary to pay that amount to maintain good workers. Working for your state is an honor, and employees should be willing to work for reasonable wages.
Janis C. Gordon, Decatur
Situation called for Payne to be gracious
Billy Payne is in no position to chastise anyone for ethical lapses.
He couldn’t resist hogging the spotlight, when he should have been gracious. Tiger Woods made golf come alive — not Billy Payne.
Maggie O’Shaughnessey, Avondale Estates
Reducing stockpiles will make the world safer
Rep. Tom Price’s criticism of the Obama administration’s Nuclear Posture Review for “prohibiting the development of new nuclear capabilities ... ensuring that America’s nuclear arsenal ... will grow older and less reliable” (“Limitations: A question of security,” News, April 11) fails to acknowledge substantial increases in the president’s fiscal year 2011 budget for safety, security and reliability of the nuclear weapons complex.
Rep. Price also misses the central fact that in today’s world, with growing proliferation and the threat of nuclear terrorism, the weapons themselves are the problem.
Former Sen. Sam Nunn and others recognize this fact and are rising to the arduous challenge of building a world without nuclear weapons.
As Nunn puts it in his new film, “Nuclear Tipping Point,” we are in a race between catastrophe and cooperation.
Let’s work together to mutually and verifiably reduce stockpiles, ban testing, lock down loose nuclear weapons, end production of fissile material, and take the steps necessary to build a safer world.
Bobbie Wrenn Banks, Decatur