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Some clarification

August 2, 2013

To the editor: In response to some of the comments made on my recent statement of what I see as concerns for the City of Cape Coral. I did not try to pack everything I know into that one lette....

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Aug-02-13 6:48 PM

Congratulations on ending your campaign for mayor! It's probably the smartest thing you've ever done; who would want a job working with the likes of those arrogant, self-deluded ignoramuses we see grandstanding on the dais every week? Enjoy your retirement!

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Aug-02-13 1:51 PM

Both the city manager and the financial director have been quoted as favoring a 401K style retirement program for the employees. That turned out to be just talk. We have some very expensive pension benefits, especially in fire and police. Benefits like this are unsustainable, but this council and city manager are putting a bandaid on the problem and kicking the can down the road. Mr. Mc Grail likes to say he doesn't want to kick the can down the road, but that is exactly what he is doing here, while patting himself on the back. With benefits so out of whack, like they are for public safety, the deficits will continue to climb. In the meantime, public safety employees closing in on retirement, will continue racing to collect their lump sum distributions of over 400,000, and yearly pensions exceeding 90,000 a year plus COLA, all at the age of 50. I am all for a generous retirement program for our public safety personnel, but what we have now is ridiculous.

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Aug-02-13 12:08 PM

The comment that those, including yourself as stated in your letter, would not protest for fear of losing an election, only reveals, some people should never run. Anyone that cannot stand on their principles and what they believe, should remain in the audience.

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