Letter: Media, politicians ignore truth about state pensions


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Posted Online: Feb. 04, 2013, 6:00 am
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The news media's editorial drumbeat should absolutely come with a disclaimer: Truth, facts or laws, may not be considered in our biased opinions.

Take state pensions. When I wanted to retire from the state of Illinois, I was given a retirement package that I could accept or reject it and continue working.

When I accepted the offer, I turned in my resignation papers signed, the paperwork binding myself and the state to a contract obligation, truth, facts and contract law.

It seems now that the politicians and media want everyone to believe that the countless programs and services politicians have been putting into place for years by taking monies from the retirement systems are the most important obligations for the budget.

The politicians have a contract obligation to fund the retirement systems every year.

Other programs are funded on a year-by-year basis, which the state is not under any contract obligation to fully fund or not to fund. Not to say that other programs are not important but the state has to take care of contract obligation first and foremost.

If it would like to change those contracts for future retirees, fine and the employee will have the choice to accept or reject it and continue working.
Now there is a push to ignore the truth, the facts and the law and try to incite residents of this state to turn on the very people who have kept it running through years of budget crisis and deception, despite the news media and politicians' disdain for us.

It's getting very close to yelling fire in a crowded auditorium and that is not what the First Amendment is all about.

John Reed,
Geneseo















 



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