“It is strange that many local governments and this paper are feeling the need to give raises to elected positions. The people that run for these positions should know what the position pays before they run for the office. If it is an appointed or hired position they know what the position pays before they take it.

“Most of the government positions have better benefits including retirement and health coverage than many private sectors positions have so why is salary the only item compared? Elected officials also cannot easily move to another position in another county.

“I agree that everyone deserves a living wage but the logic of many government officials when it comes to raises is odd, to say the least.”