Regarding "Superintendent gets 15 percent pay boost" (April 10, Page B-1): I can see why Tom Changnon has a big grin on his face.
In this economy, schools are needing funds to stay open, other schools are closing, teachers losing their jobs, county law enforcement taking a 6 percent pay cut, less health benefits, jail overcrowding, with the threat of violence ever present there.
A few officials have put off accepting raises for themselves or given up a percentage of their present wage for the sake of our county.
Perhaps we need to get our priorities in order. Children need more school funding, and not forcing teachers or parents to provide the basics, as some do. We are losing our public safety officers daily as they leave our county in search of better pay and benefits. The shortage of officers causes remaining officers to have to work overtime constantly.
It seems that many vital problems go unchecked while the big guys get theirs. Have we become a nation of "as long as I get mine, don't care about you" attitude? How sad for us.