Despite Huntington Beach's fall into financial oblivion, despite ludicrous employee packages agreed to by our City Council, despite the fact that nearly half of the 28 speakers at the council meeting Aug. 1 protested and pleaded with the council to let current contracts expire and renegotiate new contracts, four of our "let Rome burn, it's business as usual" council members voted to renew our public employee contracts ("Council extends police contract," Aug. 4).
As cities continue to fall into bankruptcy, cease paying their pensioners and leave their cities in financial ruins, political incompetents continue sacking the treasury. No problem for the HB City Council, however. As city services decline ever more and the voracious monster of wage and pension obligations balloons, the council will work overtime to find various and sundry ways of extorting more funds from its citizens. Shameless!
Blame at Obama misdirected
It is true partisan nonsense when Tara Setmayer, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher's communications director, defends the Republicans' position and says overspending by the Obama administration had resulted in most of the current financial woes ("Protestors demonstrate outside Rohrabacher's office," July 28).