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Letter: Keep promise to pensioners, too

Published: Friday, May 3, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

How refreshing on April 30 to read the reprinted editorial from the Grand Haven (Mich.) Tribune titled, “Let’s Keep Our Promise to Seniors.”  

For those who missed it, the Michigan paper was objecting to Obama supporting changes to Social Security after pledging not to do so during his campaigns.  

Consider these statements from that piece. “The government made a promise to its senior citizens ... (L)eaders now see its flaws ... We agree something must be done ... We owe it to our seniors to see them through retirement with the promises that were made to them years ago. ... It needs to be fair. Being fair does not include bilking seniors out of their piggy banks.”

There’s more, of course, but the sentiments stand in stark contrast to the Daily Chronicle’s endless opposition to expecting the state of Illinois to “keep its promises” to public employees.  

Instead, the Chronicle echoes the Chicago Tribune, the Illinois Policy Institute, the Civic Federation, and numerous other “civic” groups that call for solving the state’s pension debt problem by cutting the earned benefits of the very people whom the state already short-changed by not paying its share of pension obligations year after year.  

That position is exactly the opposite of what is fair, both morally and contractually.  It’s a perfect example of blaming the victim. What a shame that the Daily Chronicle doesn’t share the enlightened views of its colleagues in Michigan.

Jim Lockard


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