Regarding Rich Rifkin’s column published May 8 in The Davis Enterprise, I was confounded by his accusations and conclusions that City Council members Dan Wolk and Lucas Frerichs were unduly influenced by a local labor union. It is also as probable that Wolk and Frerichs came to their positions from listening to past managers in the Fire Department who support the long-standing state rule on four to an engine configuration.
While The Davis Enterprise seems to be practicing the same anti-union rhetoric that has recently been prevalent in the Midwest, such as in Wisconsin, I would rather hear about the facts on the city of Davis bleeding red ink. Are the salaries and benefits of city employees the only cause of deficits or have have elected officials made political promises or decisions that current and recent former employees must be squeezed to pay for? For instance, please tell us how well the mayor and the City Council have managed the closure of the city’s former redevelopment agency the governor declared obsolete.
I for one am not interested in reading the results of The Davis Enterprise’s practicing a version of the Koch brothers school of journalism. The city’s problems will not be resolved by anti-unionism. A strong dialogue on issues would be helpful and the newspaper could help facilitate that.
Charles A. Lacy