I would like to reply to Ken Kitzing's letter, "Public pensioners have a sweet deal" in the June 15 Fence Post. After graduating from Northern Illinois State Teachers College in 1954, two years in the Army, and one getting my master's degree, I started teaching in 1957 for a salary of $4,000. During that year, my wife and I lived in an apartment above a garage.
I taught for 40 years and retired at age 65. During that time we scrimped and saved while investing for my retirement as well as putting three kids though college.
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By the way, Mr. Kitzing, Social Security was never meant to be your sole retirement, and my car is 14 years old, not 7 years as your is.
As to teachers only working nine months, I either went to school to hone my skills or worked for companies like Kelly Services during my time off.