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05/08/02 Response to Steve Bayless

The media reports were very inaccurate. Especially Paul Adrian's (who must want a job with BELO) version of the average DPD salary being ~$50,000. 

Did he factor in the large number of high ranking officers outlying suburbs don't have which make the "average salary" look extremely competitive?  NO.

Did he factor in the special assignment pay for high risks duties such as tactical units? NO! 

Did he factor in required deviations that any basic scientific research study would require? NO! 

Those numbers were put together to make the DPD look greedy. 

Did he average it out by rank, then put the numbers against each other by each city in order to get a genuine number?  NO!  It was simply propaganda.

So, yes!  These officers/firefighters will "bite the bullet" and continue their jobs with an all time low moral.  Now, they will be "biting the bullet" to ease their pain.  Someone isn't looking toward the future if you recommend that for relief.

As for the situation being "cancerous", cancer spreads from where it starts. Think of the cancer starting out in the lungs (or DPD), it will soon spread to the other organs (or city departments) until its cured.  

Looks like it's clouding some vision for Big D(ump) already. 

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