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This is in response to Westmoreland County Court employee Jackie Lucchetti’s Aug. 29 letter criticizing Commissioner Tom Balya for looking out for the taxpayers (” Just a decent wage “). Mr. Balya has consistently managed the county budget aggressively, and while his decisions have made him unpopular with bureaucrats like Lucchetti, he’s been the top vote-getter each time he has run.

In typical self-serving fashion, Lucchetti misses Balya’s point that it is the collective payroll and other costs that adversely affect the county’s budget. Is Balya to wait until we have a situation like Pittsburgh’s before he tries to get payroll costs under control•

The cheap shot Lucchetti takes at Balya is ridiculous. He was elected to his job. How did Lucchetti get her job• Balya voted against a pay raise for commissioners and has donated his raise to charity each year. Also, he is the chief elected official with responsibility for a $300 million operation. How many chief executive officers of $300 million corporations make $60,000 per year?

In these tough economic times, it is whining public-sector employees like Lucchetti who make people cynical about government. With more than 3 million people losing jobs in the last few years, Lucchetti should be happy she has her cushy government job that no one elected her to have.

Ron Balla
New Kensington


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