I recently read your column regarding the state of public pension plans and the benefits afforded to teachers, firemen, and policemen. While stunned that you were only able to find one conservative think tank source to quote, I was more amazed at your apparent comfort with assigning yourself the task and title of "Worth Assignment coordinator" for the world.
Using skewed statistics and propagandized opinion, you comfortably espoused the conclusion that the very people who protect your property, save your life and teach your children are undeserving of the retirement income they paid for and that the general public is pouring money down a rat hole when they pay for these pensions.
Given the choice, I would a million times rather spend my money to take care of the health needs of a fireman who has breathing problems because he was trapped in a burning building than pay for the care of a congressman who puts political influence above ethics, human compassion or good common sense.
And I realize that the people who receive these pensions contribute twice - the money withheld from their pay and the exact same taxes on property, income, and purchases that everyone else who lives in the state of Ohio pays.
When residents question why others don't see this state as a place for the future, they should be given a copy of Sunday's column.
December 21, 2011 at 12:53 a.m.
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