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Letter: Public pay freezes beginning to hurt

A stock image of a pile of money.

A stock image of a pile of money. Photo Credit: iStock

As a correction officer with the Nassau County sheriff's department, I am aware that I rely on tax dollars to get a paycheck, as do quite a few other hardworking, middle-class Nassau residents ["Mangano's second term," News, Nov. 25].

I also believe there is a fiscal crisis, and the county has frozen the wages of these men and women for the last three years, to the point that some county employees are facing foreclosure and mounting debt. Yet, the county executive and others on his team seem to think that it's OK to borrow and spend on sewage plants, while telling employees there's no money to give them the cost-of-living raises their contracts promised them!

And, while you're at it, tell me it's wrong to raise taxes on the wealthy as New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio suggests. Stop spending money on things, and spend it on the people who stimulate the economy by paying their bills and buying the necessities of life.

Michael Haroldsson, Massapequa