The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Opinion

November 7, 2013

Letter: Vote ‘yes’ on Nov. 12

ENID, Okla. — Hello, I am a taxpaying citizen, and I urge everyone to vote “yes”  for city workers on Nov. 12. If it passes, it would mean more fairness for our unsung city workers, smarter use of our tax dollars and a more efficient city government. It’s a win-win for all of us, regardless of our affiliations.

The excellent services provided by our police and firefighters would not be possible without the voice they have through collective bargaining. Why can’t all city workers have the same voice? How can we expect the same level of excellence — and safety — from our city workers when they have no job input?

Our police and firefighters completely depend on city workers to perform their jobs. How could firefighters put out a house fire without adequate city water pressure? Our police couldn’t function without the city workers who quietly support them behind the scenes — they depend upon functioning traffic lights, communication technologies, car maintenance, 911 operators and the list goes on.

It does not make sense to shut city workers out of the communication process where they could provide valuable cost-saving information and feedback. These city workers are not robots. They are people who care about their city and want to have input that could help all Enid citizens. Taking away their voice devalues them.

Don’t cut city workers out of the process. These are the people who are on the front lines of making our city work and are most likely to suggest valuable improvements.  

Let’s make this a win for all taxpayers to make our city government more efficient, responsive and safe. Get out and vote “yes”  on Nov. 12 and support our hard-working city employees!

Tom Hight,

Enid

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