Letters to the Editor

Carnie letter: Legislators and pension perks

On June 20 the Statesman tells us “Lawmakers seek pension perks as criticism grows.” What is newsworthy about that? It just adds one more line to our already expansive legislative litany:

Who sets the salaries for our legislators? — Our legislators.

Who sets the electoral systems by which we vote for for our legislators? — Our legislators.

Who sets — or avoids — term limits for our legislators? — Our legislators.

Who sets — or avoids — campaign finance limits for our legislators? — Our legislators.

Who sets pension entitlements for our legislators? — Our legislators.

Who exempts pension records for our legislators from public scrutiny? — Our legislators.

And now our legislators are worried about protecting their “double-dipping?” Give us a break. These guys have achieved their places at the public trough and they’re set on getting all the swill from that trough to which those positions entitle them. Since Idaho voters’ astute insight already accepts all of the above, why should our legislators worry? What checks and balances?

Kent Carnie, Boise

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