City needs to compromise slightly for strikers

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In last week ’s News Messenger, citizens’ complaints about the strike centered around refuse pick-up. That is not the only problem; conditions are not that benign. City equipment is neither maintained nor repaired. That leads to a diminution of safety and security, allowing a potential liability against the city, which could be monumental when contrasted with the amounts that are in dispute. Our city fathers seem to have taken the attitude that they are going to game-play this power struggle. Such theatrics may be satisfying but it puts the public at risk. The time has come for our elected gover nment to act as civil servants. Slight compromise by the city could bring this strike to a halt. Steve Gorman, Lincoln