Unemployment in the United States, according to government statistics, is 9 percent, but economists say it's closer to 18 percent. Thousands of experienced people in all fields are unemployed. In the face of this, the local marketing alliance informs us that they have selected a non-citizen for the position of director.
Many private businesses hire foreigners to fill positions they claim they cannot find qualified Americans to fill. That may or may not be true, but that is their money and they can spend it as they wish. In this instance, we are speaking of the public's money, and it is hard to believe, given the quality of life here, that a competent and well-qualified U.S. citizen could not be found.
If this runs true to form, we the taxpayers, who provide the dollars to support the alliance, will find at a later date that there was some hidden agenda for hiring this individual, and both the salary and expenses will be greater than if a citizen had been retained. The alliance will then be back before local government (us) for more funding. The alliance is funded by $800,000 provided jointly by the citizens of Ketchum and Sun Valley. Those citizens should demand a strict accounting of the use of their money. The contract provided the individual should be examined for the amount of any dislocation reimbursement as well as the contents of any severance package.
Perhaps the entire marketing riddle could be solved and money saved simply by sending the alliance board to Aspen to find how Aspen does it.
A few years ago, it was found that state government was outsourcing jobs. Local politicians and the Idaho Mountain Express were outraged. Hiring a non-citizen to fill this position is nothing more than a form of outsourcing. Where is the outrage now?
Franz M. Suhadolnik