I can understand the plea for competitive salaries
. After all, hardly a day goes by without a government employee association lamenting their inadequate level of compensation. However, I think Mr. Valdez is somewhat lacking in his justification for asking legislators to approve a student loan forgiveness bill for new prosecutors:
"Many of my young attorneys have a hard time affording a lunch out on their salaries after they pay living expenses and student loans," said Henry Valdez, district attorney of the 1st Judicial District, which covers Santa Fe County.
Oh no, they can't afford to go out to lunch. Welcome to the post-college world the rest of us occupy. May I suggest that you introduce your young attorneys to the "brown bag" concept.