Letter to the editor
In reading all the uninformed and uncaring people who pick one side of military personnel over another [see "Pay Parity" letters], pay really is at an all-time low for both military and civil service workers. What everyone forgets is that more than half the civil service personnel are not double-dipping and not retired and do not have something to fall back on.
Yes, the military functions at a reduced pay, but they make up differences by getting paid for living tax-free.
Civil service personnel do not have these luxuries. We work hard to get our retirement checks and so do military personnel. Fair raises should be given to all, equally.
We all serve the Department of Defense; we all should see the big picture.
People who double dip spoil it for those of us who want better pay because they will take lower wages due to being offset by retirement benefits.
For years I have thought that if a salary that is fair for all could be reached, we would be better off all the way around. But everyone keeps forgetting about what we do for each other to complete our goal of unity and cooperation to produce the final outcome.
Better pay for equal work.
Name withheld upon request