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.
DOROTHY L. BRISTOL
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.
GOP to blame
EDITOR: The Republicans are again holding America hostage. At this juncture of a financial cliff, America is again suffering as a result. In recent weeks, the stock market, Christmas sales, millions of Americans on Social Security, Medicare and other social service and entitlement programs have all suffered, having been forced to tighten their already strained belts for the holidays.
Over and over, this party of irresponsible and foolishly elected politicians has been trampling on taxpayers. The "Millionaires Club" attitude of being exempt from tax increases is because this "good old boys network" makes up that club. The American taxpayer foots the bills for health insurance, travel expenses, housing in Washington and satellite offices, etc.
This type of hostage situation should be treated as any hostage situation: criminal. That the American people are allowing this is also criminal. That only the rich can think about running for any political office is criminal. This is a pay-up-front political system that is now in the hands of the kidnappers -- the Republican Party!
Head in sand
EDITOR: In reading the letters to the editor, I am surprised at the fervid hate for the NRA. The NRA has at least proffered a plan to help guard our schools.
Certainly there are logistical problems with its suggested solution of having armed patrols at schools, but we seem to be able to deal with armed guards at banks and even shopping malls. Is money more important than our children?
And why the hatred toward the NRA? At least they have come up with an idea, problematic though it may be. Where is the liberal left's idea? Oh right, just ban the guns.
That is like an ostrich sticking its head in a hole in the ground. Avoid reality and maybe it will avoid you, too.
EDITOR: I read with great concern the letter written by Bob Phillips ("Cops in schools," Sunday). It seems as though Phillips would rather have free lunches for schoolchildren than armed guards in school.