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Public works staff deserve better

I’ve got to say, I’m very disappointed in many of my fellow Central Albertans. I’m quite tired of hearing about how our public works people aren’t doing their jobs, how they’re not working hard enough, fast enough ,etc. I’d like to invite Central Albertans to take a break from their self absorption and think about what they are saying.

Take a look around your office, shop or garage, wherever you happen to work. Imagine months worth of work piled around you. Next imagine every member of your community coming into your place and work and saying in disgust and anger, “Why isn’t all of this work done!?” “This work need to be done now!” “I don’t care if you don’t have enough time or staff to get this done, it needs to be taken care of!”

And not only are they saying it to you, they are saying it publicly, to everyone you know.

Can you get a month’s worth of work done in a week? Especially when there is more work being piled onto it as you get it done?

Who are any of you to say that someone is doing a bad job when you know nothing about it? Yes I know your street isn’t plowed, there are ice ridges in the streets and you’ve gotten stuck. But our public works people are working hard, they are trying to get to you.

So perhaps next time instead of making a snide remark about someone else’s work, think of the person in the plow, and muster your patience, because they are trying to get to you and they don’t deserve the treatment they’re getting.

Michelle Bergseth




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