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All public salaries, including pensions, need to kept public

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All public salaries, including pensions, need to kept public The July 12 AP article by Michael Gormley is of enormous significance. He states that the state Court of Appeals will soon decide whether the pensions and names of teachers in public pension plans can be obtained by the Empire Center, which has been denied the data applied for under the Freedom of Information Act because a lower court cited the precedent of a previous case ...

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July 26, 2013
12:35 p.m.

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Mr. Barlyn, It would sound like you work for the private sector, probably for some company like Global Foundries, General Electric, or one of the many sub-contractors for those big business corporations. Just exactly how would you feel, having your retirement benefits posted in the press for all to see? Especially if you are in upper level management, where you receive stock options, better health benefits, and other little benefits that your employees under you might not get? Do you think that might put you a little on the defensive? Do you think that your employees might be a little distraught about how much they get when they retire, compared to what you would get when you retired? How about having your address being published for the world to see? Put yourself into the shoes of a judge, or police or fireman. Do you ever think what that information might do down the road? What kind of harm might occur later on down the road to those people and/or their families? Or are you one of those no minded liberals who has his head stuck in the sand thinking that this could never happen in this peaceful world we live in.

Well, pull your head out of the sand and wake up and smell the coffee! Our world as we have known it is changing! Crime is on the upswing, believe it or not, and not because of guns, but because of lack of jobs. Jobs that were performed in this country that are now being performed (outsourced) to a foreign country to save "money" and eliminate the jobs of American jobs. Instead of worrying about what public employees get for their pensions, why not close down your foreign plants, and reopen the American Plants, and put the American Worker back to work. And keep the American Made product, American Made! What a concept!