Cops want to boycott parade

No one, it seems, wants to accept economic reality.

Morristown, like many towns, is experiencing fiscal problems. It is considering laying off two police officers and three firefighters.
The town has about 60 cops, so it can certainly get by with two less. But not according to the state PBA.
That group is calling for all police and fire organizations to boycott this Saturday’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Morristown. It calls the proposed dismissals “irresponsible” and says they will jeopardize public safety for “years to come.”
What ridiculous scare tactics. Times are tough, and layoffs are an unfortunate result. Does the PBA not grasp the fact that the state is in fiscal trouble?
Public unions hurt themselves when they put their own selfishness ahead of the common good.


About fsnowflack
Fred Snowflack was editorial page editor and a political columnist for the Daily Record of Morristown for almost 12 years. He has won numerous awards for editorial and column writing from the New Jersey Press Association and has written a blog on county and state politics for the last three years. He lives in Ledgewood in Morris County.

3 Responses to Cops want to boycott parade

  1. P says:

    What part of “pay freeze” don’t these groups understand. Wait until there’s a hard 2.5% cap on budgets. Then we’ll hear some real screaming.

  2. ChubbyPaul says:

    Finally you write something opinionated that I agree with. You are by far the best columnist in the state Snowman. I’ve always loved your work.

  3. Edward france says:

    The parade will come and go. A bigger issue is how the elected town council is entitled to and some have been taking thousands of dollars in opt out of the health benifits program. This for part time elected people. Big scam of the taxpayers when the town has no money for such givaway programs.

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