Friday December 14, 2018
Commissioners should continue vital service.
If the Berks County commissioners succeed in selling off Berks Heim, an invaluable county asset, it will, and should, redound to their everlasting shame.
Much of the hundreds of millions of dollars in the county budget is spent on dysfunctional families, criminals and others who cannot or will not care for themselves; this is the one expenditure to which hardworking Berks County folks may at some point take recourse in the sunset of their lives.
The present set of commissioners has a tradition of spending a lot of money going after the unions that represent county workers. It is not surprising, therefore, that they should heap the blame for the Heim budget shortfall on the unions that represent the very people who provide a decent life for the seniors living there. I doubt that the people actually paying the bills in Berks County would object to kicking in another estimated $1.8 million to a yearly county budget of more than $530 million to help defray the cost of a vital service they may well require late in their own lives.
The commissioners should concentrate on doing what is necessary to support and continue this vital service rather than making hay by bashing a couple of labor unions.
James R. Blair
Focus on saving Heim, not bashing unions