Your View: Most government retirees are overpaid

Apr. 15, 2013 @ 02:17 AM

Thank you to Kelly Grooms (Your View, April 2, “Here’s what firefighter would get in retirement”) for his reply to my earlier guest column; there’s no way to get a discussion going without participation from both sides.
The figures I used in the March 28 column were reported national figures, not specific for any particular city, state, or occupation.  If Grooms’ statement, “North Carolina is one of only a few states that require us to work 30 years for full benefits, and High Point is one of a few municipalities that do not cover our medical insurance after 30 years,” is meant to elicit sympathy from the majority of taxpayers who have to work 40-45 years before their non-pensioned/no “paid insurance” retirement, then I suspect he has failed.
The question remains, save for high risk (policemen, firefighters, and, on a national level, certainly our military personnel) and high stress (classroom teachers) jobs, why are administrative and clerical government workers still guaranteed a pension? It certainly isn’t because they’re undercompensated compared to the private sector;  case in point — Grooms mentions his “mid-management” salary of $60,000 in High Point which, according to the U.S. Census website has a median HOUSEHOLD income of $44,020.
Most government pensions need to be re-evaluated.
Additionally, in response to Joe Williford’s guest column on April 6, I’d like to say: Joe Williford, you’re the man!

Do subs contribute to polar melting?
I strongly question James Corey’s C02 claims in recent letters. The legitimate and scientifically accepted C02 figure is still around the 300ppm level. The 375ppm that he cites comes from “climate scientists” doing cherry-picking. C02 is not damaging our environment but is of great benefit to it and other living things that share this Earth with us, the vegetable kingdom.
All this aside, even if Corey’s assertions were true, the C02 increase he cites is irrelevant to any climate change. Here is his claim in a true light. The C02 Earth blanket that is 99.97 percent open (.03 percent, 300ppm C02) has closed up to 99.9625 percent open (.0375 percent, 375PPM), increasing the Earth’s temperature and melting the North Pole. What are Corey and those “climate scientists” thinking? Now let’s examine that preposterous thinking.
I had an indirect touch with building the first nuclear sub (Nautilus). Our company supplied the 900psi steam needed to test the Nautilus reactor. The first place the Nautilus went was under the North Pole. The Nautilus has since retired, and been replaced by a fleet of 52 nuclear subs. The smallest one has an energy footprint of a city of probably about 250,000 people. The largest one (missile sub the size of our biggest battleship) has a footprint of a 1 million person city, as does our 11 nuclear powered carriers.
Why do I think that some subs are in the Arctic Ocean? Remember the DEW line (distant early warning)? It was built around the Arctic Circle. Can the subs melt some ice? Many of the subs in the world sub fleet have large, nuclear power plants.  We could easily have a nuclear energy footprint in the Arctic.
I think Corey and that super majority of “climate scientists” should rethink that global warming by C02 position. Man-made melt, probably. C02 the cause? No chance.


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