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A hit tune by Queen was “Another One Bites the Dust.” This is in reference to Rui Almedia, who was fired from his position as town planner. He joins the list of departed town officials that were hired and, after a trial period of time, were asked to leave or were fired.

There must be something wrong with the research firms we hire and the way the contracts are written up, because when these individuals are let go they usually appear on the old TV show that Monty Hall hosted called “Let’s Make a Deal” — and the “deal” usually does not favor the town. To make matters worse, in most cases, the taxpayer does not know how much the “deal” cost them. Excuse me — these are public officials and the taxpayers pay their salary, benefits, perks, and, if let go, their severance packages.

I know that sometimes a person looks great on their resume, and after being hired, we find out that he or she is not the right person for the job. Hopefully, in the future, we can come up with a better system that will ensure that the person we hire is the right person for the job and the contract we offer does not contain bullet holes in them that could be costly to the taxpayer.

Antonio P. Trebisacci Jr.

Westerly

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