You can now read 5 articles in a month for free on BostonGlobe.com. Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

letters | the politics of organized labor

Taxpayers have a right to expect a lot from public employees

Thanks for publishing Alan Wright’s well-written and thoughtful letter, “It’s not union-bashing to care about how public money is spent” (Oct. 22). I think Wright spoke for a great many of us. We don’t have an issue with unions or with workers receiving a living wage and benefits. But we have every right to expect public services to be well run and responsible when we spend public money to provide these services.

That is why taxpayers get upset with the police officer who has his back to traffic while on a work detail or get angry at the less-than-helpful, discourteous attitude we encounter when we visit a state or city department.

Continue reading below

We depend on local and state workers for so many services, and we should not have to defend the obvious point that, since our hard-earned tax dollars pay for those services, we should expect the most and the best for our money.

Jim Heskett

Charlestown

Loading comments...
Subscriber Log In

We hope you've enjoyed your 5 free articles'

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Already a subscriber?
Your city. Your stories. Your Globe.
Yours FREE for two weeks.
Enjoy free unlimited access to Globe.com for the next two weeks.
Limited time only - No credit card required!
BostonGlobe.com complimentary digital access has been provided to you, without a subscription, for free starting today and ending in 14 days. After the free trial period, your free BostonGlobe.com digital access will stop immediately unless you sign up for BostonGlobe.com digital subscription. Current print and digital subscribers are not eligible for the free trial.
Thanks & Welcome to Globe.com
You now have unlimited access for the next two weeks.
BostonGlobe.com complimentary digital access has been provided to you, without a subscription, for free starting today and ending in 14 days. After the free trial period, your free BostonGlobe.com digital access will stop immediately unless you sign up for BostonGlobe.com digital subscription. Current print and digital subscribers are not eligible for the free trial.