Macaye Santos: What does override do for private-sector workers
To the editor:
I echo the sentiments of the person who wrote in saying the override of Proposition 2½ in Northampton is no cause for celebration. Not when it could cause many people to sell their homes and move from the area, many people who have lived in the area all of their lives. Not when it could cause more businesses to close and more unemployment.
How can this help our city?
Is the override an effort to educate our children and protect our citizens, or an effort to save jobs and increase wages?
Why should it be any different for teachers, firefighters and police officers than it is for the rest of us out here, who are losing jobs left and right, facing unemployment and other life-changing circumstances due tot he economy?
What is being done for them?
Don’t let the override be the only solution to our city’s financial problems. Let us take this opportunity to look to other solutions.
I applaud the person who spoke up at the override meeting a few weeks ago, who found the courage to say why not let people voluntarily give to the city according to their means and consciences.
That is but one possible solution; surely there are more, if we would all put our heads together and try to find a way.