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Regarding Marlon Leno's Aug. 26 letter "Reader owes all to the federal government," I would like to congratulate him and his family for the good fortune he experienced working for and retiring from the federal government.

My father also worked for and retired from the federal government. When he retired in 1975, his pension was equal to his GS service level at that time. Going forward in life he would have an income equal to the highest annual salary he made during his career with cost of living increases and GEHA, an insurance coverage with premiums almost nonexistent and coverage that seemed to take care of everything for himself and my mother at little to no cost. He told me a few years after his retirement that he was rather embarrassed about his "more than adequate" benefits because he knew that I, my wife and my children along with every other U.S. taxpayer would be paying for them.

He died in 1996 and my mother received an annuity of approximately 65 percent of his final annual retirement, with cost of living increases and the same GEHA coverage. She died in 2010. My father received between two to three times as much money from his pension and benefits after he retired than during his working career with the government.

This is something rarely if ever seen in the private sector. How long could private business afford that? Maybe the answer to all this is we should all work for the government. Then again, how long can we, our wives, our children and every other U.S. taxpayer afford that?

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Paul Rozett

Billings

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