Letter to the editor

Milt Zall's May 21 comment to military readers was on target, if a little rough on the uniformed services. ("Hard as lips on a woodpecker" occurred to me.)

As in every debate, extreme cases sometimes obscure the real issue. No one begrudges the military appropriate pay or recognition for what they endure in service to the country. And not all civil service positions are either underpaid or devoid of some of the same challenges and frustrations experienced by uniformed brethren on the government roles. But there is a middle ground from which inequities in compensation must be attacked.

Having experienced life in both camps, I'd like to see a more united front — combined efforts of all government employees seeking appropriate compensation for work performed with accountability and rewards commensurate with performance. A polarized discussion of the relative merits of "civil" vs. "military" service probably doesn't advance that cause — and there is plenty of room for improvements in both camps!

And, oh yeah, I sure miss those military tax sheltered "allowances."

Pete McHugh
U.S. Army (retired) and Federal Aviation Administration

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