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Viewpoint - April 21, 2010

Letter: Cheers for pension reform effort

Congratulations to those citizens who are working hard to promote pension reform in Menlo Park, and shame on the unions who are out to intimidate them and the voters. The unions, of course, have no concern about the well-being of our city. They are only out to protect the overpaid, over-benefited public employees. While unions once played a positive role in our society, like typewriters, that time has passed. Whether it is GM, the U.S. Postal Service, or Menlo Park, the unions are dragging down our country with their bloated salaries, benefits, and pensions. It is time that public employees were paid according to their equivalent worth in the private sector. There simply should be no $100,000-plus salaries and $40,000 in overtime for firemen. We are the fools if we let this continue. Let them all go, and see how many qualified men and women apply for their positions at half the current salaries. And the same goes for the rest of the city workers. If the unions won't respect the new financial realties of Menlo Park and are going to intimidate our citizens and fight our city, then our elected leaders have an obligation to fight back with all their might.

Sloane Citron, Laurel Street, Menlo Park

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