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Forum: Not impressed with House pension bill

Updated: May 13, 2013 6:54AM



It’s nice to hear that the SouthtownStar is hopeful about pension reform, based on the recently passed House bill. Unfortunately, the bill penalizes future and current retirees for something they did not do nor cause.

These public employees have and will continue to contribute their required obligations to their pension systems. They are not the cause of the pension problem, but they are the ones who will be penalized by these so-called reform bills.

Legislators and assorted governors created the state’s pension problems over decades by stealing the states’ required contributions and spending the money elsewhere, promising to return the money some day. Of course, that day never came, and now we, the pensioners, are supposed to forget about not only the thefts, but also the broken promises.

I can only speak for retired teachers, whose average pension is about $37,000 per year and most of whom are not eligible to receive Social Security benefits. While the SouthtownStar sees the House bill as a major move toward compromise on the pension issue, it is not because it only includes the two political parties, not the current workers and retirees.

There are other bills in the Legislature that offer a true compromise because they include the victims, who are also willing to give to help resolve the situation. What is really needed is more revenue. Illinois must adopt a graduated state income tax that will provide needed money from all.

Paul Breit

Tinley Park

Thatcher undeserving of praise

I am appalled by the media praise of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher following her death. This is a woman culpable in the murder of Irish nationalists.

She considered Augusto Pinochet of Chile a friend, though he committed untold crimes against his people.

Can anyone forget the Irish hunger strikers she callously ignored when they demanded to be treated as prisoners of war? Bobby Sands and thousands of other victims of her vindictiveness can rest in peace.

Michael Quirk

Evergreen Park

Thanks to SD 201U voters

I would like to thank all the voters in Crete-Monee School District 201U who voted April 9 and especially those who voted for me in the election. As a newly elected school board member, I assure you that your input is appreciated and highly encouraged.

I urge you all to get involved and excited about our school district. I will always be open to meeting over coffee or a beer with anyone who has an idea, complaint or simply questions concerning the district.

I will keep the best interests of the children, taxpayers, teachers, administrators and community as my priorities. Once again, thank you all, and it is my honor and privilege to serve you.

Michael D. Turay

Crete



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