Public Worker Image? – “Is there something wrong with a police officer or a firefighter who regularly has put himself or herself in harm’s way expecting a decent paycheck for that work? Should the teacher who has spent years in college and now works to make something of our kids not receive a fair wage and benefits? Or the crews that get called out on subzero days to fix a water main break? Or the social workers who are called to dangerous places to try to fix our society’s problems? The bottom line is that the private sector needs the public one and vice versa. While there are those who revel in creating schisms between the two for their own selfish ambitions, we’re all in these trying times together. Sure, there are slackers who get jobs in government just as there are slackers in virtually every plant and office in America. But, like most of the workers who toil for private companies, public workers are conscientious and caring, and they don’t deserve to be demonized.” SOURCE – Wisconsin State Journal; 2/8/2012.