At last! The voice of civility in describing the ongoing drama that is our intrepid Costa Mesa City Council ("City Life: A mallet won't work on city budget now!" Sept. 13).
Steve Smith's column reminds us that real people with real lives are at stake in this debate and that little can actually be accomplished without each side cutting the other some slack. The employees need to remember that budget adjustments appear to be necessary. The council members must learn that city services are the reason we pay our taxes.
We citizens value both our tax money and those who work to ensure our enviable quality of life. Lose the partisan dogma, folks, file away the anti-tax pledges, set aside your dreams of higher public office, face the arithmetic and please try to treat one another with some true consideration as you negotiate compromises (yes, that word is compromise, and it isn't a cuss word) to solve these very real issues.