David Mazur actually wrote a letter to the editor that I agreed with. It seems to me that he usually backs Lou Magazzu regardless – he makes some good points here:
I am so disheartened to see that the Cumberland County freeholders have decided they need to lay off as many as 55 more employees. This comes at a time when the county has an outrageous 14.9 percent unemployment rate. This rate has gone up from 13 percent since January. This has caused more foreclosures and less tax revenue coming in for the county budget.
If the freeholders lay off 55 workers plus the 11 from the original list they proposed earlier in the year, this would bring the total to 66 county workers on the unemployment line. This only costs the taxpayers more money. This is not the right answer, but it is the easiest thing to do. No new bold ideas here.
The county has two ways that it can handle the budget problem. It can let the employees keep their jobs and control overtime, or it can lay off employees and force them to cross the Delaware River for greener pastures. County government officials, it is your time to decide which economic way is the right way in balancing the county budget for your citizens and your employees.
DAVID W. MAZUR