The Beverly Review published a Guest Viewpoint by Scott Reeder in the Dec. 5 issue. The opinion strongly suggested that the state should abandon public pensions.
Mr. Reeder suggests that employees did not really contribute a fair share, only a designated share. Mr. Reeder also cites one example, that of Laura Murray who collects $315,000 in annual pension.
First and foremost, Murray’s pension is not what the average pension recipient gets. It is between $40,000 and $60,000. I would take umbrage with Mr. Reeder’s suggestion that a designated amount is not a fair share.
Most police, firefighters, paramedics and teachers could have earned larger salaries if they had not chosen to be of service to the community. Police officers, firefighters and paramedics have chosen their line of work because they knew they would receive a pension as compensation for the missed holidays with family, the social events they were unable to attend, the hours of working nights and weekends, vacations at the least desirable time of the year and the stress of the job.
On the day that employees start with the police department, they are told what to expect and what the compensations are. They are told when they go to the retirement seminar what they will receive, and now Mr. Reeder suggests that we not honor those promises made.
Can we as a society not honor our obligations? Where does that line of thought come from?
Chicago has endured the misfortune of having some bad management look at the parking-meter deal, which was sold for ten cents on the dollar. What could have been done with an additional $9 billion?
Robert Service said, “ A promise made is a debt unpaid.”
I suggest the city has made a promise to those getting pensions, a debt city officials should not walk away from.
What kind would of people would we be if we do not honor our commitments?