Challenge to the Times

The Times seems to have difficulty understanding reality.

They suggest that employers should pay higher wages.

Okay fine.  Go right ahead Times.

Please raise your wages so that you can attract experienced talent that knows how to, has the time to, and is allowed to write pieces that expose the waste fraud and abuse that permeate our local governments.

The Times might argue that they cannot do that because they are in an industry that is declining.  They don’t have enough money they might say.

Would they understand this reality that many of us live with or would they somehow excuse themselves since they seem to think that they are so special?

Would the Times dare to publish their existing wage scale and then bravely increase it in an act of economic leadership that would help our community?

We deserve better


2 Responses to Challenge to the Times

  1. Reality Checker says:

    That’s the old hypocritical double standard. Everyone is expected to do as the Times says, not as they do. That’s why they get along so well with local government and business leaders. They all have that same philosophy. They think they know better than the rest of us and that they know what is best for us.

    The Times’ use of searchable databases of public employee salaries serves no real purpose other than tap into people’s envy, jealousy and greed to make more money for the Times.

    My bet is that the Times has a significant number of workers classified as independent contractors to avoid offering those people good, dependable wages or healthcare benefits.


  2. Deputy Dawg says:

    When the Times started publishing EPISD, YISD and UTEP salaries and posting them in searchable databases a few years ago, I wrote to them suggesting that to be fair, they do the same with their employees. They declined of course, saying that The Times salary schedule was “private information” and that the Times was a private organization. The public didn’t have a “right” to know their salaries. I always thought it was funny and somewhat hypocritical that the Press holds others to standards that they themselves do not wish to hold themselves to. Maybe that is freedom of the press. Maybe it is hypocrisy. Maybe it is both.

    There is no Freedom of Information Act for the press, so we can only speculate about them and their motives.


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