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Published: Saturday, November 16, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

A little bit of D.C. right here at home

My grandfather often said that if you couldn't work for yourself, you should work for the government. That being the case, I would want to work for the city of Snohomish. There you can screw up royally in a way that costs the city hundreds of thousands of dollars, then get a $20,000 "bonus" and a nice letter of recommendation for your next unsuspecting employer that doesn't mention your obvious shortcomings as an administrator.
The best part is that the local residents are told by the city bureaucrats, "Gee, we're really, really sorry about this, but there's no way we can collect from the employees who are responsible for causing this bad thing, or those developers who benefited hugely from it, so it looks like we have no options but to stick you for the losses the city incurred because were asleep at the switch. I'll bet others, like myself thought that this sort of blatant government ineptitude, and buck passing, was the exclusive province of the dummies in the "other Washington." Is this a great country, or what!
Lee Fowble
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