REGISTER VIEWPOINT: A modest proposal for Sandusky

Police officers have been laid off. The police union wants them called back. The city's and the police union's negotiators each say the other side digs in its heels.
Commentary
May 2, 2010

 

Police officers have been laid off. The police union wants them called back. The city's and the police union's negotiators each say the other side digs in its heels.

There's a study -- we're not crazy about studies, either, but a similar one has worked in Huron as far as saving money while still doing the job -- that would supposedly show what is needed for Sandusky to provide police protection in a cost-effective manner. And there's a city commissioner who says he won't sign off on any study until the laid-off police officers are brought back.

And so it goes, every two weeks at the Sandusky City Commission meeting, with other city business having to wait for the drama to unfold yet again.

It seems as if the only choices are to get mired in mud up to the axles or back up and go back to where we were -- which doesn't work anymore.

Ridiculous.

So, what the heck:

Bring back all the laid-off police officers. Just like that.

Do what we have do to to pay for it. Lay off people in streets, water, sewer, whatever. Let the police pick who gets laid off. That's what the public seems to say it wants.

And after that solves the gang problem, which seems to be an official problem now that the police department has been cut -- let's sign off on that study, and find out what we need to do to get the best police protection we have for the money we have, do it and get on with running this city.