Donald Taylor: Misguided emphasis

September 10, 2013 

Misguided emphasis

I served in several positions in the Department of Human Resources under two fine secretaries, both Republicans, David Flaherty and Phil Kirk. Both men were dedicated to providing needed services, health, mental health, social services, vocational rehabilitation and others to the citizens of North Carolina.

Yes, a few people who worked in gubernatorial campaigns were hired, but never in make-believe roles at outrageous pay. And the vast majority of those of us who were professionals in the various service fields were retained.

The emphasis now seems to be on cutting services to, for example, Wright School and other mental health programs in order to pay exorbitant salaries to political cronies who have no experience in serving people in need, or in the case of the early childhood hire who has since been outed, opposed to such services. How long will this go on?

Donald Taylor, Raleigh

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