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Your Views: To lawmakers: Leave our pensions alone

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Letter to the Editor
Friday, March 31, 2017

“If it isn't broke, don't fix it!” Republican lawmakers Duey Stroebel and Tyler August don't understand that adage in attempting to “fix” the Wisconsin Retirement System. 

They're like two novice “shade tree mechanics” deciding to tinker with a finely tuned Indy 500 racecar “to make it run better!” Pathetic! Don't these two dudes have more important things to do in the Legislature? I have two suggestions: Fix our pothole roads and properly fund our public schools. 

August should get a summer job with a road construction crew so that he'd get a closer look at the condition of our lousy streets and wagon trail roads. Wisconsin roads are presently ranked 49th in the nation in the Republicans race to the bottom.

Stroebel should join a public school maintenance staff and get a first-hand view of the condition of the buildings. 

I receive Wisconsin Retirement System benefits. This 100 percent funded system is the shining example of all pension plans.

As a result of our nation's near financial collapse in 2008 during the George W. Bush administration and Scott Walker's Act 10 actions in 2011, all retirees took a big pension loss. We have not fully recovered since.

My advice to Walker, August and Stroebel is forget about tinkering with our pensions and instead fix our roads, streets and public schools.

RON THRONSON

Edgerton



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