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Penalizing seniors

November 17, 2013

This concerns the contract reached by the city Streets and Parks Department’s Union of Williamsport, with a 2 percent raise each year for the next 4 years....

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mikekerstetter

Nov-17-13 4:09 AM

Weldon, do the streets and parks people make $20/hour? I don't know, just asking. And in order to get those raises, did they give up something else, like health care deductibles and co-pays? Again, just asking, because I don't know. Finally, do you believe that public employees ought to be making minimum wage or just above it? What do consider a fair wage for them? Is what they get paid comparable to others who so similar work in the private sector? Have you checked? I'm just wondering if you looked at any of this. It's all stuff to consider before you complain.

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CMReeder

Nov-17-13 7:13 AM

So now that you are on a fixed income so should everyone else. Too bad prices of property and goods don't stay fixed as well.

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CaveFelem

Nov-17-13 8:13 AM

Mr. Weldon is also under the false assumption that every working person receives cost of living increases or merit increases. Sadly, this is not the case.

And about the police officers? It's probably cheaper to give them pay increases so they make a decent wage, than to invest the money in hiring, training, etc. only to have them move on to a better paying municipality in a short time, which is what happens with guards at the Clinton County Prison.

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CaveFelem

Nov-17-13 8:14 AM

Sorry, Mr. Cohick (not Mr. Weldon).

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eriklatranyi

Nov-17-13 9:17 AM

Maybe we should be asking why we are paying seniors $1200 per month for 25 years when they did not contribute that amount of money during their working career?

Do you want us asking why someone who came to this country 5 years ago is receiving nearly the same in social security as the one who worked their entire life in this country?

If we start asking the right questions, maybe we could expose the Ponzi scheme called social security.

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hopeforfuture

Nov-17-13 9:36 AM

What about all those who retirees from companies who continue to get large pensions and still get the maximum from Social Security?

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farmer

Nov-17-13 11:38 AM

Sir, there is no correlation between what I am paid now for work I do, and what you get from social security. S.S. is not meant for you to live on, but a supplement to your savings from when you earned a living wage. I'm sorry to sound callus, I realize many seniors are having trouble making ends meet, but that should not penalize those still in the work force. PS I'm self employed and have never work for the Tax Payers

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hopeforfuture

Nov-17-13 1:00 PM

Farmer- a person making just above minimum wage jobs throughout their working years most likely did not have the extra money to save for retirement. I was referring to the union workers who have negotiated for continuation of what they earned while working. As a baby boomer we were sold a lie from the government. Also what about those who truly not smart enough to earn big bucks, yet they do work and work hard all their lives only to be told they are being greedy. SAD

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mikekerstetter

Nov-17-13 2:57 PM

hopeforfuture-"What about all those who retirees from companies who continue to get large pensions and still get the maximum from Social Security?"

Did they also pay in the maximum amount in to social security over their working career? If they get a pension as part of the compensation for working you think they should be ineligible for the social security they also paid into?

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mikekerstetter

Nov-17-13 3:01 PM

hopeforfuture-"Also what about those who truly not smart enough to earn big bucks, yet they do work and work hard all their lives only to be told they are being greedy."

If they own a home upon retirement, they must have done something right. If they don't own a home, they aren't paying local taxes on their social security income and therefore the raises that the streets and parks people get doesn't effect them.

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eriklatranyi

Nov-17-13 7:29 PM

hopeforthefuture:

If someone is making just above mini.um wage their whole life, they did something wrong.

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andy33

Nov-18-13 6:24 AM

eriklatranyi Nov-17-13 9:17 AM Agree | Disagree Maybe we should be asking why we are paying seniors $1200 per month for 25 years when they did not contribute that amount of money during their working career?

That is the MAX you can get>>>>>NOT the average!!!!!!

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nobud74

Nov-18-13 7:58 PM

Weldon, if you did not plan properly for retirement, that is not the fault of the city and county workers. Quitchergripin' and sell your home and move into a rental if you cannot afford to the bills of a single family home. Harsh? Sure, but so is life. There is no reason everyone should be on a fixed income because you chose to be.

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