To the Editor:
The atmosphere at the recent budget hearings was the closest thing to a circus I have encountered in my 15 years living in the city. The chamber was packed with union members chanting and drowning out the people with a different point of view, refusing to allow the views of the taxpayers who pay for their lavish benefits to be heard.
The mayor and many members of the council were obviously on the side of the unions and completely disinterested in the views of the taxpayers. It seems apparent that the union members, union leaders and many politicians are unwilling or unable to understand that the current situation is unsustainable.
The taxpayers cannot simply be expected to pay more and more every year. You would think that the union and political leadership would recognize that it is better to begin making small steps toward fiscal sanity, rather than wait until the situation is completely out of hand as occurred in Central Falls. Hopefully, what happened last Tuesday in Wisconsin, San Diego and San Jose will serve as a wakeup call.