This cartoon is no joke. In (Salem's) neighboring city of Peabody; MA, the city administration, led by Mayor Michael Bonfanti, recently negoiated a new contract with the city's Police Union.
The contract, besides granting a pay raise, also added a provision that- get this-makes Sept.11 a paid holiday in which the police get time-and-a half whether they work or not.
Needless to say, there has been a massive public outrage. Although many agree that the Police should receive adequate compensation for a dangerous job, and that 9/11 should be at LEAST a day of remembrance, making it a union perk- at taxpayer's cost, at that- is both a dishonor and an insult to both the victims AND the heroes of that tragic day.
And of course, both Mayor Bonfanti AND Police Union prez Manny Costa both claim they hadn't anticipated the public reaction. Well, Hello??
Not many people like to cash a check made out in blood..