The City Council should be ashamed of the way it treated the St. Petersburg police officials. I cannot think of another city of our supposed caliber where the police are held in such low esteem by the governing council. The council finds money for all its fantasies, The Pier, the dome, and now dreams of a new City Hall, but not enough to bring the police an increase equal to the one granted to other city employees. Police also were denied their request for a 2 percent cost-of-living increase to be added to their pensions after the fifth year of retirement. Police are paying mortgages, putting children through school, paying the same bills as all of us. How can these men and women have pride in their jobs _ one where every call they answer may be their last?
Wake up, St. Petersburg. Would you call the City Council the next time you are beaten, robbed or one of your children turns up missing? Think about it.
W.E. McLaughlin, St. Petersburg