Letter: Shades of Stockton, Calif.

All of us in Anchorage appreciate the services provided to us by our municipal employees. However, thanks must go to Ken Simon for his April 6 letter to the editor, bringing our attention to the salaries earned by our public servants, listed on page A6, April 1. Thanks also should go to Paul Jenkins’ column for putting this matter into proper perspective, in his comments on April 7. 

These salaries range equivalent to what most professional employees and upper level employees earn in the private sector. It seems unreasonable that we should have to pay for our own benefits as well as the benefits of public employees with equal salaries. This seems to be a form of double taxation. Must we learn the lessons of Stockton, Calif., before we bring a reasonable solution to this situation? 

— Robert Gieringer