Letter: Why fund pensions for highly paid?

Vintage coins will be among the The Massapequa Vintage coins will be among the The Massapequa Coin Club's coin show and sale - 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday (March 2) at the Massapequa Elks Lodge at 2162 Veterans Boulevard in Massapequa. Coins, currency, medals and tokens can be bought and sold, and the popular young numismatist forum is 12-2 p.m. Photo Credit: Morgue File

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I cannot understand why highly paid government workers are eligible for a pension once they leave their job ["Pension costs dip," News, Aug. 28].

I am fine with offering a modest pension to clerks, who may earn $30,000 to $40,000 a year. But if a government worker earns $90,000 or more, shouldn't he or she be responsible for funding his or her own retirement, just as workers in the private sector are? Why should someone who earned a salary of, say, $150,000 a year, retire and wind up earning more in retirement than the average person earns while holding down a full-time job?

I would allow exceptions in the case of police and firefighters, who put their lives on the line every day. But for average government employees behind desks, it is time for them to budget for their own retirements and not live off the largesse of the taxpayer.

Roger Gilmore, Westbury

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