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Opinion: Ga. police deserve pay above, beyond

David McNaughton
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Copyright 2006 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin made the right choice in proposing a 3.5 percent raise for police officers to keep them from leaving the city's payroll. That's on top of a cost-of-living increase.

City Council members should support the mayor's decision to use surplus funds where they are most needed, in the Atlanta Police Department, even though it means ignoring the howls of protest from firefighters that they, too, deserve an increase in pay.

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