• Twitter
  • Facebook
News-Sentinel.com Your Town. Your Voice.
Opening Arguments

Screwed again

Greenwood's taxpayers have all become volunteers, whether they wanted to or not:

An addendum to the city's personnel policy will allow Greenwood employees to volunteer up to 40 hours each year on the taxpayers' dime.

The City Council approved the policy addition last week at the urging of Mayor Charles Henderson.

Concerns arose last year when city employees attended planning meetings associated with charitable events during working hours.
"Volunteering is volunteering," said Councilman Bruce Armstrong, the lone dissenter Monday.
"It's not having your employer pay for you to volunteer, especially when your employer is a city that is worried about how to fund the Fire Department," Armstrong added, referring to a $600,000 emergency loan the council approved Monday to cover fire expenses, including Friday's payroll.

Out of the goodness of your heart, you volunteer your time to a worthy organization. But to ease the pain, you make me pay you for the time. I don't think so. Councilman Armstrong is right -- voluteering is volunteering.


Bob G.
Tue, 02/26/2008 - 11:15am

Well, that's THREE of us who "get it", Leo.
Anyone else???

The last time I checked, any form of "forced volunteerism" was called CONSCRIPTION.

Wonder how many would have gone to serve in 'Nam out of "the goodness of THEIR hearts"?
At least the Iraq War is "honest" in that sense.

"Drafting" citizens to "volunteer"....that's a (WTH?) moment to be sure.