The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

Letters to the Editor

June 23, 2013

County board is unfair

DANVILLE — Editor:

Gary Weinard and Vermilion County Board members have decided to take money out of the pockets of probation officers and other courthouse employees, employees who make little in salary, especially when compared to comparable counties doing the same job.

Every contract it seems to be the same song and dance. We do’t have the money. We don’t have the money. But more and more it feels like they are saying, “We don’t value you. We just don’t value you and the education you have and the job you do. So much so that we are going to offer you a raise.”

The county offers employees a raise but takes away the two things employees have valued more: personal days and the ability to save them and cash them in at the end of the year. This serves as a little bonus most of us put away every year to buy holiday gifts.

The county also wants to take away employee longevity, a little bonus for being a loyal employee for a certain number of years.

It seems the county board in all its wisdom hasn’t quite figured out if its employees are worth health coverage. The board and its members should be ashamed of themselves to even think these proposed changes to the employees’ contract are reasonable.

The chairman should look at his own salary and then mine and what he and others are proposing to take away from me and then a long look In the mirror. I wonder if he will …

Vance B. Innes

Danville

1
Text Only
Letters to the Editor
  • Fight the proposed coal mine Fight the proposed coal mine Editor: In a single issue of St. Joseph's The Leader, dated March 5, one can find four events listed that testify to our love of the natural world: a bird walk, a lecture on freshwater mussels, a pre-K event at Homer Lake

    April 18, 2014

  • Searching for answers Searching for answers Editor: I'm certainly not saying the city's firefighters don't need or deserve an increase of funds, but I would like to better understand why. Why do they feel they need more personnel than the national average of 1.04 per 1000

    April 17, 2014

  • Advocate will be missed Editor: We at Community Blood Services of Illinois are saddened by the recent death of Patricia Black, a wonderful and dedicated employee who was known to a generation of local blood donors. Pat was a tireless advocate for the Danville Elks Blood Ban

    April 16, 2014

  • Social workers earn praise Editor: March was National Social Work month. The 2014 theme was "All People Matter." I personally want to say "thank you" to the social workers. I am a registered nurse and have worked in many different health care settings from acute hospital care

    April 13, 2014

  • Neighborhood going downhill Editor: Home owners and the few good rentals of southeast Danville are concerned about Fair Oaks in their neighborhood. Well, wake up people. Unless you have been in a coma or frozen for the past five years or more, these kinds of people and many wor

    April 13, 2014

  • Cut the fat first Editor: Yes, the taxpayers understand the budget needs to be balanced. I would like to know why every time Danville faces a budget problem it's always the fire department that is considerred for cuts. It's never the police, street department or high-

    April 11, 2014

  • Farming and mining 'progress' Farming and mining 'progress' Editor: In an advertisement in the Sidell Reporter, Sunrise Coal "salutes the dedication and hard work of the American Farmer," and is "proud to be part of Vermilion County Progress." Farming and coal mining have no "pr

    April 9, 2014

  • Voting change will be costly Voting change will be costly Editor: The primary election is over and we need to thank everyone for the part they played in bringing out the Republican vote, particularly the "new Republicans," encouraged by phone calls from the Illinois Education As

    April 6, 2014

  • No Headline Provided Stop the violence Editor: What is going on in our community nowadays? What happened to the peace that was once put in place and the respect toward one another? I know we're living in a difficult time where jobs are scarce for those who do not have th

    April 6, 2014

  • Submit Your Letter!

    March 26, 2010

E-edition
AP Video
NDN Video
Must Read