Reader has questions for police about Gitana
It sounds like Gitana’s Restaurant has turned into a war zone. On
the night of April 20, 50 people got into a slugfest. Another night,
20 people were in a brawl.
Police say most of the incidents at Gitana involve intoxicated
people getting into fights. Isn’t there a law against serving people
who have had too much to drink? Can’t people be arrested for public
drunkenness? Is the Police Department showing a new tolerance for
such activities? If so, why?
Some of these outstanding citizens will probably leave Gitana in
their cars with a higher than legal amount of alcohol in their
bloodstream. They’ll be a potential danger on the city streets.
The establishment has been billed $3477 for excessive police calls
from October through December, and police are currently calculating a
bill for the first four months of this year. How can a restaurant or
club run by rational people allow this to happen?
The city has proved that it is very tolerant; now’s the time to
Maybe these layoffs aren’t so bad after all
Boo-hoo, I’m in tears here for the city employees who are
complaining of their impending layoff. Apparently, as circumstance
would have it, some employees feel that they’ve been laid off due to
age. Now some, including Ellen Tanner, are alleging some form of age
Ms. Tanner, I might remind you that you are being offered the best
severance package that anyone I know has been offered of late, and
that is a paycheck for the rest of your life. That’s what a civil
service retirement is. Money in your pocket for doing nothing at all.
The only restriction that you face, in order to claim this paycheck,
is to go to another position which doesn’t have the same retirement
Sounds like a great deal to me. Where do I sign up?
I know plenty of people who have been laid off from their jobs in
the last two years, and they haven’t received one cent in
compensation. Yet they’ve taken what fate has dealt them and moved on
as best as they could. This year, I realistically face the same fate
as you might. However, I will get no retirement offered to me. I’ll
be lucky to get a severance package at all, as a matter of fact.
Before you contemplate filing a claim with the city, think about
the implications that it has on other people. Your actions could cost
others their jobs as well.
Todd R. Wilson