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Bad precedent is not aiding Delphi retirees

DEAR EDITOR:

As an American, I am outraged and find it unfathomable that any U.S. senator or Congress member would hesitate to pass immediately the bill in Congress to restore the hard-earned pensions due to Delphi salaried retirees.

These people, many of whom I know, are model, hardworking American citizens who were loyal and proud General Motors employees, many for a lifetime. To begrudge them their earned, entitled employee benefits is shameful.

Any opposition out of fear of setting a bad precedent is lunacy. For a U.S. senator or Congress member to make that statement is a violation of their oath of office. So, how is restoring model, hardworking American citizens their hard-earned, entitled employment benefits, gutted by greedy, golden parachute-protected corporate executives and callously left out by the Obama Administration’s political bailout of one of America’s largest and iconic corporations, as “bad precedent?”

So, it’s a bad precedent to help and put deserving American citizens first? But it’s OK to provide billions of dollars of foreign aid to countries that hate us — to buy their friendship, bankroll Pakistani gender studies, abandon billions of dollars in military equipment to our sworn enemy and provide a generous standard of living and rights to illegal aliens, not enjoyed by a large segment of good, loyal American citizens?

The “bad precedent” is to say there is no value and dignity in hard work, following the rules and being a good American citizen. I hope that others will find it hard, as I do, to accept this from our government.

I commend our U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman as well as U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan and the other senators and Congress members from all parties for just once “doing the right thing” — not for votes, power or money, but simply because it is the right thing to do.

God Bless the USA and our Delphi friends.

MARK S. FINAMORE

Warren

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