Tough Love, I sure would like to know where you get the idea we are highly compensated and have a grossly lavish pension! Either you are grossly misinformed or you are Kemp Conrad in disguise. Looking at your list of dangerous occupations is useless. Although I don't have to worry about falling out of a tree or off a skyscraper, or worry about my squad car sinking, I still face a whole host of dangers every day, on YOUR behalf. You still haven't answered my question about fair market value for my services, so while you mull that over I hope you don't get robbed or carjacked. You can call a logger or a fisherman or an ironworker. Maybe they will give a crap about you. Thr city offered me a package of benefits and I intend to hold them to their offer, just as they (and you) expect me to hold up my end as well.
Tough Love, the current pension system is a benefit that was promised to me (as a police officer) before I ever signed on the dotted line. It was part of a package. The pay isn't great, but not having to worry about my family or me being taken care of is priceless. Since you advocate my retirement benefits being based on the "market value" of me risking my life, what do you suppose that would be for police and fire fighters? "Risking my life " is not some cliche' we throw around, I have had major injuries over the years, I have been hit with a car and shot at, and I have been involved in multiple shootings resulting in suspect deaths and woundings. I am curious to know what value you place on that.
By Micaela Watts
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