On San Bernardino
Re “A broken city,” June 14
Thank you for putting the article about the decline of San Bernardino on the front page. We need to be reminded of just how far we as a nation have fallen. It is horrific to read yet again of how hard it is for people on the fringes to survive.
Equally horrific is the mention that half of the city of San Bernardino’s sworn fire personnel earn more than $150,000 a year. And that in 2012, 72% of the city’s general fund went toward salaries and pension costs for the police and fire departments.
We really need to get our priorities in order. Do we hand over the keys to our cities to police and fire unions at the expense of the most vulnerable? We are all in this together.
IN SAN BERNARDINO, a hotel manager attempts to clean the room of an evicted tenant.