Letters to the Editor

Budget’s lack of COLA should have been expected from GOP legislature

Regarding the May 12 news article “State retirees upset Senate budget won’t boost their pensions to keep up with inflation”: I saw that state retirees were upset with the North Carolina Senate budget’s failure to include a cost-of-living adjustment for state pensions.

Seriously, what did they expect from a Republican state legislature that is interested only in its political self-preservation via gerrymandering, efforts at voter suppression and creating tax breaks for the wealthy? The little guy doesn’t matter.

Nonetheless, it astounds me that people continue to vote against their self-interests both locally and at the national level. Residents should remember this the next time they step into the voting booth.

Peter A. DiMeo

Cary

‘I need a raise’

Regarding the May 12 news article “State retirees upset Senate budget won’t boost their pensions to keep up with inflation”: I turn 70 in two weeks. I worked for 35 years in public education. I have not had an increase in my pension in a long time. The price of everything is going up. I need a raise. Raises for retirees have traditionally been pegged at a fraction of teacher raises. But that did not happen last time. I need a raise.

Frank D. O’Neal

Durham

Budget ‘surprise’ for teachers

Regarding the May 10 news article “Budget plan offers raises for teachers, state workers”: I did not think I could possibly be surprised any more by the North Carolina Senate. I have been proven wrong.

Why? Once again, there was no raise in the proposed budget for veteran teachers. I really want to know what the N.C. Senate has against veteran teachers. It is beginning to resemble age discrimination to me.

Teachers suffered years of salary freezes and unfunded promises and were ignored in the last round of raises. Here we go again.

Now veteran teachers of this state will be chased out of the classroom.

I made less than $20,000 my first year teaching, but I felt respected by my state. Over the next couple decades, I saw positive changes in teacher pay and working conditions. Today, I feel like I am about as appreciated as the piece of gum I stepped in yesterday.

I doubt legislators care. I would be shocked if they did. In this case, I would love to be proved wrong.

Cheryl Styers

Union Grove

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