Sunday's Letters to the Editor

Cut in half

EDITOR: Thanks for your excellent editorial urging fully funding pensions for teachers (Editorial, Friday)

However, something is missing from this editorial. While it is true that public schoolteachers do not pay into Social Security, those of us who have worked in the business world before going into teaching have paid enough into Social Security to be eligible to draw a Social Security check upon retirement. But, guess what? Because we receive a retirement check from the state Teachers Retirement System, our Social Security check amount is cut in half to avoid "double dipping."

Changing this practice would be a good start toward fairness.


Santa Rosa

Good column

EDITOR: Thank you for publishing the column by Melinda Henneberger ("Don't confuse mental illness with evil," last Sunday). It is one of the few intelligent articles I have seen on this subject, especially in relationship to the tragedy at Newtown.

The simple fact is that most of the news coverage I have seen on this issue has been uninformed -- a sad commentary on the level of bubble-head journalism we have today.

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