I am outraged by the irresponsible behavior of misguided county Public Works employees who shunned their responsibilities when they ignored calls to help their Kern County neighbors who were stranded during the black-ice conditions during late December.

So, they were miffed about the contract negotiations — TOUGH! Pick another, more responsible way to demonstrate. I wonder if any of those idiots think of how they would feel if their families needed emergency support, and other agencies deliberately refused to help?

Each and every one of those bozos should either be fired or suspended without pay for at least a month — MINIMUM. Also, their names should be made public so that we local taxpayers who pay their salaries will know who turned their backs when people were in real danger. It was nothing less than dereliction of duty!

— Mary Helen Barro, Bakersfield