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A parable

August 30, 2013

To the editor: A fellow stopped at a rural gas station and after filling his tank, he paid the bill and bought a soft drink....

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Packer

Sep-02-13 5:34 PM

Thanks for the insight senseless!!! Now I am convinced Marni is my candidate. Anyone that can bounce back from struggle and adversity such as that deserves my vote. Not to mention she is not part of or tied to an organization that would stoop so low as photographing small children without parental consent to make a political point. Marni gets my vote!!!!

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lightswitch

Aug-31-13 9:50 PM

Ray first you need to know if you are talking about land mass or population?

You see this city of Cape Coral when it talks to the media to its tax payers never specifies what the heck it is talking about.

When I first arrived they used to talk in terms of being the biggest. To some hayseed they thought it was Miami or Tampa. Then when people began questioning and knew it was just a big sandbox they changed their tine. Now you hear 11th largest in population. 11th not as impressive it it? Especially if the person being zoomed is from East Overshoe! Another ration of crap is when you hear a figure on income in Cape Coral. Per capita (per person) is rarely given out. The feds give a number of about $19,000, The city gives out a figure of about $38,000, but that is per household. Quite a difference. Just like home prices! Figures LIE & LIARS Figure don't they. Like New Yorker Magazine stated the face of the New Ghetto is Cape Coral, Fl. Make them eat their words by reducing t

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Packer

Aug-30-13 3:01 PM

Ok follow to address the LTE... The genius "parable" probably wasn't funny fifty years ago and still isn't today. Another case where the world took off and left a guy in another generation. Out of touch to be precise! As an employer I have always had to pay my employees when they are at work. it is Federal Labor standards act that requires it. You speak as if this happens daily in the City. If it does can you please tell us where this happens. Or, is it like the the rest of the world where yes it does happen occasionally and is part of life.

Typical local conservative retiree... They want to cash there pension checks, but do not want others to get them. You know... The American dream. Each generation makes it better for the next. Sad.... I think the further they are from the work world the harder they tell themselves they worked. Sort of a growing legend.

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1sandy

Aug-30-13 2:14 PM

@leadorfollow: Your point is correct, in that public employees are not held accountable for paying for a re-job. However, NO employees are held to pay for re-jobs, at least not in the private company I was affiliated with. Yes, they were fired, but money was not taken out of their pockets, the owner, yes, not the employees. However, that was not one of the points of the article, the point was about public vs private EMPLOYEE accountability. And finally, when a public employee screws up and say a job needs a do over, the money is taken out of the budget and a City Manager loses the ability to purchase or repair something else due to the loss of funds. That is why there IS accountability and the employee may subsequently be fired, of course based on his work history, just like in the private sector. In today's economic times, NOBODY IS COVERING UP FOR ANYONE, ANYMORE.

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leadorfollow

Aug-30-13 11:26 AM

1sandy is dead wrong. If I put in a driveway and screw it up, the cost to fix it comes out of mine and my employees pockets. If a government worker screws it up they get paid their hourly wage to go back and fix it. Along with their supervisors and so on and so on. I've never heard of the city manager losing money from his salary when the workers mess something up or waste money, hence going over budget on projects. Hmmm....now there's an idea!

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1sandy

Aug-30-13 11:09 AM

"To address the content of the LTE, a city worker once told me, and I quote: "I get paid to DO a job. You get paid to get that job DONE." Basically, he can screw up something, and then get paid to go back and fix it. Not quite that way in private sector business." I worked in private and in public service and it is identical. I was also a business owner. You screw up putting in a private driveway, you go back and fix it. Yes, if the worker/s continue to screw up they get fired, both in private & in the public sector. Now, you can believe what you want, if it makes you feel better about yourself, but the truth be told, public & private sectors both fire screw ups. Yes, there is accountability in both!

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leadorfollow

Aug-30-13 8:27 AM

Packer made me spit out my breakfast. His comment is laughable. Cape Coral is a town built on servicing homes and homeowners, and not much else. Money is simply circulated within. Also, it's second in land mass, ninth in population. You should read some history on how/why Cape Coral was developed and how little it has veered from that path. To address the content of the LTE, a city worker once told me, and I quote: "I get paid to DO a job. You get paid to get that job DONE." Basically, he can screw up something, and then get paid to go back and fix it. Not quite that way in private sector business.

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Raydunavant

Aug-30-13 7:10 AM

It is also 9th largest city in the state, not second.

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Packer

Aug-30-13 5:09 AM

Cape Coral is not no longer a bedroom community Richard, you need to catch up to the times a little.

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