Thursday, September 04, 2008
The Shame Of Paul Ricketts
Where's the outrage? For the second time this year, career government employee Paul Ricketts is seeking a $15,000 pay raise for serving as mayor of Lawrence, a job he has held for 8 months. The raise would boost his pay from $65,000 to $80,000. "I've never gotten a raise like that," Lawrence resident Bob Schussler is quoted as saying at a city council meeting in a Star report today. Instead of thinking of himself all the time, Mayor Ricketts should follow the advice of Gov. Sarah Palin. She cut her pay from $68,000 to $64,000 when she was mayor of Wasila, Alaska. Speaking of Palin, Ricketts missed the public hearing on his raise. He was attending the GOP convention in Minneapolis. What an embarrassment Ricketts has become for the Republican Party.