Your April 5 editorial “Wrong is wrong” is wrong. Because of time limitations in the police and fire pension system, Toledo Police Chief Derrick Diggs had to retire when he did and is collecting his pension. He also is working, so he is not collecting two salaries, as you state.
You continually hammer public employees about their pay and benefits. What about double dippers in the private sector? An employee who is at full retirement age can retire, draw a full Social Security check, and keep working without penalty.
When can we expect an editorial criticizing private-sector employees who double dip — those who draw their Social Security, weakening that program, while still working?
Diggs now near Obama’s pay grade
An earned pension is justified and is meant to sustain a retiree. But Chief Diggs’ pension and salary put him close to the salary of President Obama, who serves the entire nation.
MARY JANE KELLY
Double dipping needs to stop
Just a few years ago, double dipping was considered a bad word for local politicians and public servants. Now, double dipping seems like the thing to do.
But while these men and women are collecting their pensions and full salaries, low-ranking public employees are asked to make serious concessions because of money constraints.
If a public employee wants to retire and then be rehired, he or she should do one of two things. If the pension is less than the salary, the employee should only be paid the difference. If the pension is more than the salary, pay the employee $1 a year.
A public employee who wants to get rich should look to the private sector for work. Public officials should not get rich on the backs of taxpayers. Stop double dipping.
Panhandlers should be off-limits
People should not give money to panhandlers in the area of Talmadge Road and Monroe Street. I work there; they are scammers.
I and others who work there chase them away. But when people give them money, they return.
They stand at driveway entrances and ask for money from customers entering buildings or parking lots. Several older customers have told me they give money to the panhandlers because they are scared.
People should give to a legitimate shelter, to a recognized charity, or personally to someone you know who is having a tough time.