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Legislature to blame for state pension problem

By KENNETH L. LEWIS Princeton

EDITOR:

In your Feb. 24 editorial, "DREADFUL News gets worse on state pensions," you laid the entire state pension problem at the feet of the former Gov. Steve Beshear and his son, Andy Beshear, the current attorney general, when the problem has been passed along for years. The former governor did not help the situation, but to blame him and his son is a bit much, don't you think?

For the former executive director, William Thielen, to be given a 25 percent raise for leading a failing system was also unnecessary, but shouldn't the responsibility of the failing retirement system fiasco be assigned to the real culprit -- the state legislature -- for their failure to fund the system year after year after year? Now we are faced with retirees, like myself and my wife, who rely on the retirement system for our livelihoods, being at risk.

We do not look forward to going back to work at our ages and states of health. I would imagine there are a lot of retirees who feel the same. So maybe the state legislature, the governor, the new executive director and the retirement board can finally do what is right and fix the Kentucky Retirement System. We former state employees, as well as all current employees, would appreciate it immensely.

KENNETH L. LEWIS

Princeton

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