When the Metropolitan Transportation Authority contracts to build a tunnel for $4.3 billion and miscalculates by more than $4 billion, no one even blinks an eye ["East Side access," News, March 7]!
However, when the MTA makes a mistake in someone's retirement of about $27,000, it's major news ["MTA to LIRR widow: We erred on pension, you owe us $26G," News, March 6].
Considering that the MTA can afford a $4-billion goof, I really do not understand why the agency can't absorb a meager $27,000 mistake. The MTA should own up to its fallibility and keep quiet about how incompetent it really is.
If you can't correctly calculate retirement costs, how can you build a multibillion-dollar tunnel?
Roy Willis, Massapequa