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Readers' forum: Don't eliminate pensions

David Cleveland (Readers' Forum, Jan. 31) said that if the state pension system "shortfall continues, the plan should be terminated and benefits ceased." I hope he isn't suggesting that those who have spent their lives and careers working toward a promised retirement pension should just have those benefits canceled.

Yes, the private sector did that to many of its employees, but the way it was done was criminal. If changes are made in the public retirement system, they should be such that an employee can plan for his future.

Many people, especially teachers, work for the public sector at lower than market level wages because of the promise of a reasonable pension.

Fred Ash