I sincerely hope a less inflammatory and factually based follow-up article hits the old fashioned news racks as well as online editions soon.
The important issue remains what Sam originally highlighted: work ethic and accountability —- he (Sam) shined the light on a version of less-than-acceptable output from city employees. Instead of being confined to the archaic channel of communication — chatter at the local coffee shop — he utilized an effective blog that casts a large net.
I don’t doubt that his comments made some people very uncomfortable. I, too, was ashamed when my father discovered that my brother and I failed to meet his realistic expectations regarding our yard maintenance duties.
Thanks, Sam, for publicizing what many of us have been observing and thinking in the solitude, “safety”, and isolation of our automobiles when we pass an inactive group of workers —city, county, DOT, or others contracted by our publicly funded government agencies. I credit the city workers that have been carrying the additional burden created by their less-responsible fellow employees. I know many of them and thank them via an annual organized employee appreciation program.
In addition, if I personally encounter one of the workers (not observers) in a park or on the side of a road, I introduce myself and tell them “thank you” for their application of labor. These people are more often the silent heroes, and I suspect they will continue to give more than the typical “40-hour work week” and because of peer pressure. They will suppress their affirmation of Sam’s remarks. For those that do feel uncomfortable, I hope they evaluate their role as a public sector employee and commit to achieve appropriate performance goals.