State Office in Salem Open for Business - Or Are They

State Keeps Salem Offices Open - Risky?

When all of Portland Metro area state offices close, Salem keeps the doors open. Yesterday was one of the most hazardous days to commute to work. Yet, Salem state office buildings were open - at least most of them. The Dept of justice and Secretary of State's office had the common sense to shut down but not the others.

Yet, only about 1/3 to 1/2 of employees showed up. Does that really make sense? Having half the staff makes it hard to provide the service to customers - what customers? Most people needing state services were not even needing them. Don't get me wrong, some services are critical: fire, police, health, etc. But not office buildings filled with budget officers, accountants, and other "non-essential' service providers.

Let's do us all a favor and close when it's not safe to come to work. Sure, Mass Transit is great and I use it, but not everyone feels safe with someone else behind the wheel. And, climbing the stairs can be risky even when you make it in.

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