On Thursday, October 15th, 2009 The Weekly News Journal published an article entitled “What People Earn”. The article outlines public employee salaries in the Mini-Cassia area which included city employees, all school employees, Minidoka hospital employees, and numerous other organizations. The article highlighted the top 10 salaries in both counties, and had numerous quotes from the likes of Thomas Jefferson and Aristotle.
The information is public knowledge, but seemed to spark a large amount of public anger towards Weekly Journal and Mailer. Last Friday, a petition started to emerge in select places around the Mini-Cassia area. The petition was put together by citizens who were less than thrilled with seeing their salaries as a newspaper headline. From early reports, it is stated that there are currently 100′s of people who have signed the petition. Here is what it says…..
To Whom It May Concern,
We, the public employees of Cassia and Minidoka Counties, surrounding cities, school districts, local hospitals, friends, and relatives, in response to the recent edition of the Weekly News Journal’s article “What People Earn” do hereby declare that we will no longer be patrons or supporters of the advertisers of the Weekly News Journal or its companion paper the Weekly Mailer. We feel the recent publication, although, a matter of public record, was written with intended malice and retribution toward specific ‘public employees’ for the sole purpose of the publisher’s self gratification.
That is the letter in it’s entirety. The only thing not copied from the letter are the spaces for people to sign.
I am interested to know your thoughts on this Boycott. I am sure there are a lot of people for and against for various reasons, and those points can be discussed below in the comment section. Just follow the comment guidelines!
Reported by Mike Ramsey
Oct 22nd 2009 note from Mike — I removed the list of businesses because I don’t want GoBurley.com to become the place for people to come for a list of companies to boycott. Though it was part of the document, I felt it would help in our unbias approach to covering this topic if we were to remove the companies.