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Opinion

October 16, 2012

Sick time buyback amounts to peanuts

To the editor:

In response to the editorial, “Sick time buyback should be retired” (Oct. 2), I am reminded of what Ronald Reagan said in a debate in 1980: “There you go again!”

Kick the public employees again and strip them of something that amounts to peanuts when all is said and done.

Most public sector contracts employ people at such a low rate compared to the private sector, what is wrong with letting teachers cash in something that might benefit their paltry retirement pensions? We are not talking about vast sums here, after all.

If someone accumulates over 400 sick days, they can usually only buy back a very small amount of maybe 90 days. Let’s not forget that this benefit was negotiated by both sides in contract collective bargaining.

I say start teachers at salaries equivalent to the private sector and then get rid of the sick day buyback but understand why it was negotiated in the first place before you do.

Richard Doyle

Hampton, N.H.

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