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June 15, 2010 Poll Results

Should police officers and firefighters be paid to march in parades?

Yes 11% 41 votes
No 88% 331 votes
Total: 372 Votes

Note: This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.


June 15, 2010
6:28 a.m.

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Just like teachers and other public employees -they should be paid for their jobs. Parades are optional and extra....participation should be free and not mandatory.

June 15, 2010
10:43 a.m.

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Parades are held for patriotic reasons for for celebrations for the community. It should not be mandatory and they should be allowed to volunteer to march and wear their uniforms. If a group of firefighters volunteer to march from a paid fire department, an employee on the payroll should be allowed to drive a truck in case the truck is needed for an emergency during the parade.

June 15, 2010
5:44 p.m.

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The people who take these jobs in the Fire Dept. or the Police Dept. are well aware of the risks, and dangers before they're hired and accept the responsibility. They should not be given any other compensation other than the salary agreed upon at the time of hiring.
If you can't take the heat, then get the hell out of the kitchen.
It's no wonder that towns, cities, and states go broke in today's economy. It's time to stop the unnecessary spending and get things back in control.

June 17, 2010
7:16 p.m.

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Just throwing this out there:
I think that no person working for or getting paid
in any fashion from public funds should get benefits such as health insurance, sick days, paid holidays or retirement benefits that exceed what the average is for the general public.
It is a documented fact that private sector jobs are shrinking while public sector jobs are constantly increasing. Part of the problem is the power of the unions to demand unbelievable benefits which the politicians cave in to, usually to secure their voter support.
We should not be funding public sector employees retirements. They should be depending on Social Security just like the rest of us.
They should not be able to retire after 20 years either. Retire at 62 or 65 like the average person.
Like I said, a law must be passed, an amendment to the state constitution, no public worker would get benefits exceeding those of the overall average citizen of the state. When the overall economic condition of the average citizen goes up due to better management of government, then the benefits of the public sector worker would increase also.
Police and firemen should be happy to have such a nice job, and volunteer to walk in parades, not expect to get paid everytime they are asked to represent their department.

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