Wisconsin Rep. Joe Parisi, center, D-Madison, cheers on the crowd...

Wisconsin Rep. Joe Parisi, center, D-Madison, cheers on the crowd on the fourth day of large-cale protests at the State Capitol in Madison, Wis. Credit: AP

Most public service workers do not receive large pensions ["Pensions not meant to be financial windfall," Letters, Feb. 28]. And after 30 or more years of public service, for a retiree to receive approximately 50 percent of a salary is not unreasonable.

The contention that retirees should receive $12,000 a year is ludicrous. In most cases, that would not even cover the average Long Island property tax bill.

If governments really want to balance their budgets, they should stop trying to do it on the backs of the workers. Instead, why not stop the flow of entitlements given to people who contribute nothing to society? There are generations who receive food stamps and welfare.

If the writer had his way, there would be no more middle class, only the extremely rich or extremely poor.

John Ward

Centereach