Are we surprised at the emerging numbers that begin to show the real cost of the Suffolk police contracts? Hardly! ["Patrol pact upheld," News, March 11]

It continues to be payback time for County Executive Steve Bellone, who sold his soul for the police union endorsement. Is there no elected officeholder in Suffolk County courageous enough to introduce some rationality into these contract negotiations?

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James Deegan, Wading River

I applaud Newsday for exposing the ridiculous salaries and pensions of our uniformed civil servants, but the effort should not stop there. Many times we've read that because of state law, our politicians have their hands tied in effecting change to the pay structure and pension benefits.

I believe we should change state law to forbid including overtime, accumulated sick days and saved vacation days in pension calculations.

Bob Cavaliere, Port Jefferson Station