Editor:

Marcy Winograd’s letter in the Jan. 21 edition of the Daily Press contradicts itself. At the beginning she says outside contractors cost too much and at the end she compares beach janitors to slaves who, presumably, work free.

As an attorney, she fails to craft a logical argument. Where are the facts? How much does it cost to hire a contract worker versus a city staffer (with pay, pension and benefits) to do the same job? Rather than providing the numbers, she uses emotional trigger words to dump on columnist Bill Bauer who reported on the situation. Her criticism of a newsman doing his job is like holding a war correspondent responsible for the fighting in Iraq. Methinks Winograd is still carrying a grudge against Bauer because he opposed her campaign to ban ponies from the farmer’s market.

Harriet P. Epstein
Santa Monica

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