Tom Patterson's column (March 6) is offensive. It is offensive to those who go to work every day to keep our streets and highways clean, our water safe and our parks well maintained. It is an affront to every police officer and every firefighter to refer to them as "paid more than their worth" and "just another welfare group supported by taxpayer largesse."
The fact that Dr. Patterson's basis for his position is a few quotes over a period of seven decades, plucked out of history and presented with no context, makes me wonder how this diatribe ever made it to print.
If Dr. Patterson is truly concerned about "taxpayer largesse," perhaps he could expound on the medical profession and how as a group they have corrupted and defrauded the Medicare system to the tune of hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars? This would be far more substantive than vilifying hard-working employees who actually do a job to earn their pay. And to those police officers and firefighters who pay the ultimate price for their service, exactly what is their life worth, Dr. Patterson?
Jeff McHenry, Tempe