Never again allow pension debt to get out of control.
The temptations in a political system are so great, another pension crisis is inevitable if strict safeguards are not in place.
Citizens love and respect their public safety workers. People running for office need their support or often will lose their races.
And so the tendency is to make pension promises that some future generation of taxpayers and politicians must keep.
Good pensions must be competitive so that the city can attract and retain good employees. Pensions also must be affordable for the taxpayers.
But ask yourself this:
Would you accept a 401(k) match of 10 percent or more in return for not having
Most of us would jump at the chance.
Police and fire advocates fear that a 401(k) plan would not be competitive with other big city police and fire units.
But once the
A DIVIDED NATION
Eight years ago, a group of area letter writers lamented that they had lost their country.
The fear was that President
Ramming the Affordable Care Act through
Now a new president will take over in January.
Now it's the Obama supporters who are complaining that they have lost their nation. And some are protesting.
So let's make a few points clear:
The First Amendment protects a citizen's right to free speech. It protects the right of peaceful assembly. And our nation is clearly divided.
But for America to enjoy sustained progress, Americans must embrace a willingness to compromise.
And there is plenty of room to find common ground without compromising principles.
Americans are living in a time of great choices and independence in the private market.
To limit choices makes no sense.
Health care is a good example.
One weakness in Obamacare is that has been driving health insurance companies to consider mergers that would effectively limit health care options for consumers.
In addition, Obamacare has added a whole new layer of bureaucracy to the federal government, which hardly needs any more (just look at the bloated
So as the Republican majority considers replacements for Obamacare, it should focus on finding ways to provide Americans with more choices in health care -- and offering incentives that insure citizens while limiting the growth and reach of government.
The detailed plan that has been floated by House Speaker
One intriguing reform proposed by Ryan calls for creating a refundable tax credit that can be used to purchase health insurance.
Sunshine in legislature
As new leadership in
Legislative members have exempted themselves from the requirements of the Sunshine involving the meetings of two members.
The result has been too much last-minute action that takes even members of the legislative branch by surprise.
Leaders should make it more difficult to make last-minute changes to legislation. Work done in a rush is less than ideal.
Continuing the move toward more transparency should be encouraged.
Now that two presidents have been elected in recent years --
The popular vote advocates ignore the fact that the losing candidates were flawed in a number of respects.
Clinton could not win many of the key counties in the upper Midwest that
Besides, if the presidency was determined by popular votes, the Trump campaign would have made it a greater priority to increase the turnout in
In the final analysis, any change in the
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