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BLAME ELECTED OFFICIALS, NOT CIVIL SERVICE RETIREES

For the record: Civil servants do not pay state income taxes on their pension. After age 59 1/2 , nobody in New York State has to pay taxes on his pension and anyone can withdraw up to $20,000 from an IRA without taxation.

Most civil servants do pay partial pension and health insurance costs. In the 1960s and '70s, civil servants were paid much less than private-sector workers because nobody wanted civil service jobs. Many of these workers worked two jobs to make ends meet and they never complained. They organized and moved ahead just like everyone in the private sector. Now that they seem to be ahead, their peers are not happy.

I think elected officials should take the brunt of the criticism. If civil servants' unions determined elections, there wouldn't be one Republican left in office.

HENRY G. KLEINFELDER SR.

Buffalo

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