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LETTERS: Clarifying teachers' benefits, perks; column was on the mark

By: Gazette readers
May 11, 2018 Updated: May 11, 2018 at 6:39 am
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Clarifying teachers' benefits, perks

David Miller, please get your facts right before you take out your "sour grapes" on teachers. We all appreciate your military service, if that is what you meant by having spent a considerable time being shot at.

Going back to your rant, yes, teachers can retire in the early 50s, but not full retirement. Retirement is greatly reduced, based on how early it's taken and how many years of service. As for me, retiring at 55 after 33 years of service, it was not at full pay. Benefits? Yes, benefits were nice when I first started my career (1974), but if you take a look at teacher's checks today, not so much. Medical insurance premiums and deductibles have taken a bigger bite out of their pay.

Other help? Not sure what you mean. But let me tell you what I did and plenty of other teachers do.

They spend plenty of their personal money buying things for their classroom enriching students' learning experiences year after year.

Wolfgang Griesinger

Colorado Springs

   

Responsible for one's security

My friends retired to a home in the country. The nearest police department is an hour away, and their phones usually do not work. Their address is not found on GPS even if the cops could find a road sign. Their security is their responsibility. They sleep with loaded pistols under their pillows, not because they are afraid. They sleep unafraid because of their guns. The neighbors are also armed so crime is rare.

They could not safely live in the country without their guns. Millions of rural Americans need their guns to safely live where they do. If we take away their guns, we take away their homes.

Douglas Laird

Colorado Springs

   

Column was right on the mark

I seldom agree with George Will, but his column in the May 10 Gazette, "Mike Pence's repulsive method of governing by groveling" was right on the mark. How anyone who claims the "moral/spiritual highroad," as Pence does, can continue to support the present occupant of the White House is a mystery to me. Maybe he thinks he'll inherit the presidency by default. Fat chance. I believe the voters to be much wiser than that.

Bob Armintor

Colorado Springs

   

Decision should be so simple

The City Council's decision about creekside camping is so simple. Camping is either allowed or not allowed. The policy should be fair, firm and consistently enforced on everyone.

Obviously, banning camping within 100 feet of a public waterway is necessary to protect our waterways.

Dick Standaert

Colorado Springs

   

President won't tolerate tyrants

What's astonishing about the nuclear accord with Iran is not that President Donald Trump honored his pledge to withdraw from it, but the fact that four major nations were sufficiently naive to sign it. ("US leaving Iran nuclear deal, A1, May 9).

The Obama administration ignorantly believed it could leverage nuclear production concessions from the mullahs by removing the sanctions, allowing Iran to determine the sites where inspectors are permitted, providing no check on its ballistic missile program, and gifting them billions of dollars.

The result was predictable: Iran used the cash to expand its reign of terror in Syria and Yemen, while increasing its work on ballistic missiles; moreover, Iran's nuclear program is likely on track for break-out in a few years because they preselect inspection sites.

The article adroitly moves from reporting to editorializing, opining that nations "cannot expect lasting U.S. fidelity to international agreements it signs," which conveniently overlooks the fact that the deal was among leaders of nations - it wasn't sanctioned by the nations' legislative bodies.

Indeed, the reason this is a "deal," not a treaty is because former President Obama was acutely aware there was no chance it would receive Senate approval.

In contrast to Obama's statement that the withdrawal "risks eroding America's credibility," in truth it provides convincing evidence to the likes of Kim Jong Un that he's now dealing with a president who won't tolerate tyrants with nuclear weapons on the world stage.

Philip Mella

Woodland Park

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