I have a tremendous respect and admiration for our mayor, Jim Ridenour. Supported by his own resources, he spends an amazing amount of energy on our behalf doing what he feels is best for our city. Successful businessmen like Ridenour have the acumen to successfully run our city. Like it or not, respect and admiration do not pay the bills. Paying a higher salary would enable a greater number of persons to run for council or mayor; but will it give us a better official?