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Letters to the Editor January 22, 2009


To the editor:

Mr. Del Corno (letter, Jan. 9) fell into the trap of believing newspaper editorials. The editors (editorial, Jan. 5) left out many things.

Specifically, the public does not contribute 100 percent of the pensions, as the editorial led him to believe. Public Employees also contribute to PERS. When I retired, I was contributing $600 a month towards my own pension. PERS also funds through investments in private companies and municipal bonds among other things.

Another point is that only a small percentage of public employees are eligible for 3 percent at 50. I was not one of them.

Furthermore the turnover rate for police officers was, the last time I checked, around 95 percent. Meaning that five out of 100 will be around at age 50 to collect a “service retirement” — provided of course that they started at age 20. Many don’t hire on until 25 or later.

I still don’t understand how a trio of experienced journalists came up with such a one-sided editorial.

Eric Olson

Hell to pay

To the editor:

Talking and reading about our state’s exploding budget, makes a lot of us wonder about the priorities for tax hikes. I feel all luxury items and services should be cut first. Second, all the millions of California’s tax dollars going to goods and services, and incarceration of illegal immigrants needs to stop now.

Our state leaders want to raise fees and taxes on us, and still support people who don’t belong here. I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of supporting all these people. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll help people out whenever I can, but this is ridiculous. It’s obvious we can’t afford it any longer. If this is not addressed, there will be hell to pay come election time, I’m sure of that.

Rob Beller
Not Santa

To the editor:

It was three days before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring not even a mouse. When on the roof I heard such a clutter, I went out to see what was the matter.

There in the snow were large foot prints around that house on the back porch, the chicken coop, and, what to my surprise, she was on the roof. Not Santa, but a 250-pound bear looking for food. I hope she is sleeping off winter. When she awakens I hope she doesn’t think I am going to feed her dinner.

We always have animals around — raccoons, deer, mountain lions, rabbits etc. This was the first bear, and hopefully the last. We never leave food out for the unwanted guests. We wash trash and keep it covered.

Wow, it is a jungle out there. Happy New Year to all, and hope the bears go night night.   

Sandy Palhegyi

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