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Friday, July 14, 2006 | S. Schrotberger, letter to the editor, points out a very serious problem that exists up and down the state.
In San Diego, because the police department is so important to the welfare and safety of all its citizens, the subject of public service abuse is front and center, but they are only the most appealing of many others who work for municipal agencies and private for profit and not for profit social service agencies that have carried the work load of providing substance abuse counseling; Head Start teaching; developmentally disabled coaching and various other poverty interfaces. The rank and file of these agencies usually make almost a living wage, are provided no job security – most employers being so called “at will employers” can hire and fire according to what ever contracts they get from city, county or state. The government agency letting the contract puts out its specifications on a take it or leave it basis, but with the ability to change the contract during the contract period as it sees fit.
More throw away people! If someone believes that the work that they do is a good and necessary contribution to the overall health, welfare and security of our community, they pursue their commitment at great risk to themselves.