Letters to the Editor

Security guard pay seems high

In the Aug. 20 issue of the Whidbey News-Times I appreciated the article “Oak Harbor digs up $200K for archaeology.” Thank you for the article; I would like to see more of this reporting by Justin Burnett.

Is it just me or is there something not quite right that we are paying a security guard service $45 an hour to guard the remains dig site after hours?

In today’s economy of high unemployment and reduced government resources is it a silly question to ask if that contract was negotiated or offered for bids to get a lower cost than $45 per hour?

Would the city of Oak Harbor like me to find a senior citizen to do that work for less money?

One thought would be to offer other city employees who may have had their hours reduced to pick up the work, or check with temporary employment services.

Anyway, am I the only one concerned about this or is there a reasonable explanation?

Bob Wall
Oak Harbor


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