I would like to make a few comments regarding the letter sent to employees by Dan Whitten and Laura Blaney.
First, I believe a third party is involved in helping to obtain the list of Porter County government employees. Is this person a department head, someone working on the sly for money, owed someone a favor or a political move by a disgruntled employee?
Second, Porter County employees are not allowed to campaign while on government property, wear political buttons, political shirts or even have a bumper sticker on their car in any government parking lot. In addition, the campaign is not to be talked about in the office.
Third, it was unethical to use the image from the county website. The county was not involved in this letter; it was two candidates who are campaigning for themselves. If it was so imperative that a letter were to be written with an explanation, it should have been approved by the entire council and signed by same.
This was a very political move screaming, “I voted for a raise for you, so please vote for me."
As for Whitten paying out of his own pocket, I’d like to see the receipts for paper, envelopes and stamps.
Whitten is incorrect when he states that Porter County appreciates "the hard work they’re doing” in the form of a letter. Blaney felt the need to thank the employees for their hard work and clear up the misunderstanding about next year’s employee compensation.
I don’t believe that. I feel that both Whitten and Blaney were thinking of their own future in getting elected this week.
This screams politics, and unfair politics at that.
Whitten and Blaney owe the county an apology regarding the letter, and Whitten needs to apologize for his childish walking out at the council meeting.
If you go back into the records, you will see that for a number of years, the raises were extremely small, a flat amount across the board or no increase at all. I know this for a fact; I worked at county for 16 years.
As for the insurance, do what so many others have started to do. These employers are offering a package with different levels of deductibles, vision coverage, and dental plans at varying prices that are affordable for everyone.
I ask you to stop and think before you place your vote. Please don't vote for a political party but for the person you feel will do the best job.
- Elizabeth Behrens-Gilmore, Valparaiso