Did you know that some of the highest paid city employees are dentists?
The city health department employees 4 dentists with combined salaries of $620K. Seems odd, doesn’t it? When we think of snow plow operators or police officers, we think of direct service to the public, or at least most of it? But you wouldn’t likely use a city employed dentist unless you had to go to community health because financial restraints. In defense though, as I understand it, the community health department does try to receive some kind of payment. Sometimes through Medicare or Medicade. I would be curious how many patients are served by our city dentists each year?
It also seems the Health Department has many high paying jobs in the department besides dentists.
The Director receives $157K and the Chief Medical Officer about $205K a year. Oddly, even with these positions, the Director has 2 managers that receive the same wage of $88K a year. There are also 13 other mid-management that receives approximately between $80-$100K a year. The clinic even has its OWN finance director (even though the city has a well staffed finance division already) that makes $97K a year.
What is odd about these wages, that are probably not out of line of with a community our size is that many of the minions don’t even receive a living wage. Approximately 15 workers receive under $17 per hour (defined by Thrive as a living wage in Sioux Falls). With the remaining staff making a decent middle income of about $47K. The Sioux Health department has some of the highest wages (in management) of any department in the city) yet Sioux Falls continues to rank average or below average on National health rankings, especially when it comes to obesity and lack of exercise.
Al Franken really did win the election for U.S. Senate in Minnesota last November. That’s the decision of the three judges who heard former Sen. Norm Coleman’s lawsuit challenging Franken’s recount victory.
“Franken is entitled to receive the certificate of election,” states the order signed by Judges Denise Reilly, Elizabeth Hayden and Kurt Marben.
The St. Paul Saints baseball team is again getting political with its new bobblehead promotion. After giving away presidential-themed souvenirs the last two elections and creating the Bobblefoot — a Larry Craig-inspired bathroom stall toy, complete with a tapping foot — the team is turning its attention to the still-unresolved Minnesota Senate race. The doll, 2,500 of which will be given away at the May 23 game against the Sioux Falls Canaries, will be a two-for-one: Al Franken’s face on one side and Norm Coleman’s on the other. The outfit: That of Sesame Street’s numerically obsessed vampire, The Count. (It’s dubbed the “Re-Count.”)
Of course they will be playing our team – go figure.
It’s sure going to be interesting to see if Al Franken has the rocky mountain oysters to continue being asoutspoken on the floor of the United States Senate when actually confronting the sources of his irritation just across the aisle.
We’ll be watching, Al, to see if you’re good enough and you’re smart enough.
Just don’t turn your head too far to the left or we’ll lose the signal.
This is one of the main reasons we need Franken more then ever. Ever since Wellstone Mysteriously died in a plane crash we haven’t had a good old fashioned fanatic liberal from the Midwest representing us. Do I think ALL Dems need to be bleeding heart liberals? Not at all, but it’s good to have people like Franken and Dennis Kucinich to shake things up a bit. I think Franken will be a very outspoken and effective senator for Minnesota.
The thing I admire the most about Al is his ability to be serious about politics but still have a sense of humor and wit, and willing to defend it. Just because you are involved in serious political matters doesn’t mean you can’t be funny. I get my balls racked quite a bit about it. I think it is essential for people to have some cynicism when comes to politics, otherwise you’ll just end up being dissapointed in the end.
I suggest Lund reads Franken’s book, Lies and the Lying Liars who tell them, it is propably one of the most truthful political books about the lunacy of the right, and how their policies have blown up in our faces. The book has been praised for it’s abundance of FACTUAL information. It has been said that their has been only one point in the book partially disproven.
Maybe Lund shouldn’t read it, he did work for KELO-TV and I would hate for his fine reputation as a TV journalist covering stories about antique tractors and leftsa feeds to be tarnished.
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