Letter to the Editor

BY DI READERS | OCTOBER 05, 2009 7:20 AM

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Potential bonuses an outrage

I saw your article on Sept. 29 about the potential bonuses for the presidents of the three state universities in Iowa. I want to say I have absolutely no respect for the people who believe they need raises or bonuses.

These presidents do not deserve bonuses or raises. How, in a financially stressed economy, can they even feel that a bonus or raise is deserved?

Do they realize that if they would give up half of their six-figure income they could employ six to eight full-time employees?

Who and why do people think they need to make $100,000 or more? I am just appalled to see that UI President Sally Mason makes almost a half million dollars, while blue-collar workers are trying to survive on $20,000 to 30,000.

Who do you think needs the raise more? And then to know that benefits may be disappearing or that those who do not get raises may have to pay for some of the benefits out of their already-stressed incomes.

Georgie Jones
Hiawatha, Iowa, resident

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