Shakman protects bad workers
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
The Shakman decree certainly corrected one injustice — patronage hiring — but replaced it with another injustice that may be even worse. It is called featherbedding, and it might literally be costing taxpayers tens, if not hundreds, of millions of dollars each year in waste and inefficiency.
Just as tenure protects good and bad teachers, the Shakman decree protects both good and bad government employees.
Ask any knowledgeable government official how hard it is to terminate nonproductive employees, and they’ll tell you it is difficult if not impossible.
Unless Shakman-covered employees leave their government positions voluntarily, most, if not all, terminated employees claim their firing was politically motivated. As a result, over the last three decades, city and county governments have accumulated a cadre of employees who keep their jobs only because they are covered by Shakman.
This may be great for deadbeat government workers but it is not good for taxpayers.
Phil Adams, Lincolnshire
Court ruling long in making
The U.S. Supreme Court ruling unleashing the flow of corporate campaign funds to political campaigns was the result of years of planning by bedrock conservatives who do not believe that every American, rich or poor, should be able to run for office. They also do not believe that every American, rich or poor, should be equally represented in our government. Karen Wagner, Rolling Meadows