There are many among your readers who think pensions are "giveaways." The people who get them had about 9% of their wage deducted by the state.
The state took their money and spent it instead of investing. In reality, those getting pensions are just getting their money back. Some passed away before getting any or got very little.
My wife had the pension taken out for about 30 years of teaching. There was no option. The same goes for all those getting pensions. Like Social Security, which they don't get, it is not a gift.