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Letter: Don’t Blame Retired Public Workers For Pension Woes

Currently, newspapers have published dozens of articles highlighting the public pension system. In addition, letters to the editor and editorials  underscore public workers and private workers arguing about who has the best wages and retirement benefits. Meanwhile, the millionaires who have caused these animosities to surface make sure all middle class workers will continue to get the least during the current economic crisis.

These millionaires have spent vast amounts of their money on campaigns to insure that friction between public and private workers continues and shields their involvement in the criminal Wall Street practices that has destroyed millions of families. Unfortunately, Big Brother State Government Officials who raided and failed to keep their commitments to fund the public employees pension system, now use this balance deficit as an excuse to vilify their public employees.

If indeed state officials have their way, public workers will have to pay increases into their pension and health benefits. They will have less money to spend in this economy. Of course, reduced pensions and benefits when they retire will do the same and may lead to some retired public workers to draw on government safety net programs.

We all must remember that a vast majority of retired public workers do not turn to their government for assistance in their senior years. They are not a burden on our health care system. They are in many cases, through the taxes they pay, supporting the programs that help the less fortunate seniors whose source of income are Social Security benefits.

Anthony Mignone