EDITOR: So Erick Gelhaus shoots a kid seven times and gets his job back. Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo tries to invade a woman’s house in the middle of the night in his underwear and gets his job back.
Do I trust the police in Sonoma County? No.
Do I trust the Sonoma County government? No.
Do the public union employees trust me — a retired blue collar worker?
It would appear that the trust is disappearing in our society.
Sick of it
EDITOR: Steven Maviglio of Californians for Retirement Security (“In defense of pensions,” Sunday) has a lot of nerve. Of course he is going to bash Mayor Chuck Reed of San Jose. Reed has taken a very unpopular stance since 2009 when an initiative was approved by the people of San Jose to stop the raises for the police and fire departments. The people of San Jose had had enough. The police then walked out. Fire stations closed. The babies did not get their way.
Teachers were mentioned by Maviglio for a reason. Sympathy. The are not the overpaid and padded workers, the supervisors, the department heads. The ones who retire at 55 and get a brand new job with a brand new pension. I am sick of it. And now, we have SMART with a new overpaid group of workers — and their pensions.
EDITOR: One of my main problems with Chuck Reed’s Pension Reform Act is in Section 4(e): “The terms of a pension or retiree health care benefit plan . . . may be amended through . . . an initiative, referendum or other ballot measure initiated by the voters . . .”
While seemingly well intentioned, the California initiative process has become a means for well-funded special interest groups to get unsuspecting voters to pass laws that do not benefit the general public. Should Reed’s initiative become law, we can expect to see many more initiatives to change the pensions of our public workers. For example, reducing public school teacher benefits would make it more difficult to attract excellent teachers, thus giving private schools a further advantage. The move to privatize education is very well-funded in our nation.