It would be very interesting to see what the average PERA retirement payment is for CS Utilities retirees, and including their double pension deal. It is going to be a whole lot more than $2,772. I would bet a minimum of $5,000 per employee with the average much higher, and the highest payouts making it over $10,000 per month.
we do NOT get to retire with MEDICAL
According to Professor Myron Hulen from CSU's College of Business, the average monthly Colorado PERA retirement benefit is $2,772. I should add that each retiree bears the bulk of health care premiums.
From "Bad news for [Colorado] PERA" http://www.denverpost.com/opinion/ci_14749…
Everyone's story is more complicated than it looks on the surface. My daughter is Iggy's girlfriend mentioned in the story. Kyan is my grandson. While your story does a great job of delving into the complexities of chance encounters, I am left feeling conflicted.
It was a chance encounter that brought Iggy into my daughter's life and it ended up changing all of us in ways I would never have predicted or desired. Iggy pivoted into my life and landed hard on someone who is dearer to me than life itself.
Since then I have struggled to make sense of events, to forgive Iggy, to scrub the bitterness from my heart and put the past behind me. I am sorry for Iggy's troubles but what I see most of all is that the choices Iggy made have had repercussions in more lives than his own. Iggy sees events through the filter of his own perception, but I see them through the trail of wreckage he has left behind. Is he unlucky? That depends on the point of view. In many ways he's been luckier than he thinks. He's not the only one who has paid the price of his mistakes or suffered misfortune through his own poor judgment. My daughter and grandson, even myself, have been tossed about in the wake of his passing. I see little justice in that.
I hope Iggy has changed his life for the better. I wish him well. Most of all I hope he has learned that his actions have ripple effects in the lives of others that travel farther than he can imagine.
Love Camp Bow-Wow. What a wonderful place that interacts kindly not only with its canine guests, but with the community.
DRUNK HULK APPRECIATE NAME DROP! MUCH THANK!
Kirsten, Thanks for your cover story about suicide. I volunteer with SPP and the only way to help is to spread the word and "ask the question". Thanks also for your honesty about your own struggles. The stigma we live with as we suffer from our various ailments can be as crippling as the illness itself.
More and more testing will create improved achievement, or so says Mr. Mike Miles, for both teachers and students. Shameless self promotion by Miles will come at a cost to the parents and students in this district.
Do bananas ejaculate? Social values taught by parents is the problem. Schools are where we should all learn the same basic values for all to be standard, but we are more interested in teaching ball sports than values
I wish they would just leave this stuff to parents. Schools need to focus on education and let parents teach social values.
OK....I understand sometimes hard luck falls on us, It has happened to me but please do not wrap up personal choices of Drug addiction, Alcohol, and I dont care give me money in the same context of helping some one help them selves.
I to have made wrong choices with drugs and alcohol and "KNEW IT". My eyes were wide open. I pulled out of it and moved on. So lets go back to a homeless person 20-30 years ago and visit His or hers Parent, Brothers, Sisters, Teachers and friends.
When a person starts to make poor choices did he or she listen to them? Take the advice of the Elders? Seek help? Hell no.....It was youth and party time, Education can wait.......Advice can wait........I am selfish and will do what I want......
Now it is time for the impact to raise its ugly head and he or she is 40+.....Wanting help and money while they still choose not to change thier lifestyle. I have gone and talked with them and have walked away feeling like they are entitled to recieve hand outs.
No matter what you say or do for them "THEY" are the only ones that can change the outcome.....SO, I will continue to work, feed my family and help the ones I love. For the rest of them, Its going to be a long Winter and wish them luck on the choices "they" made. Money being thrown at them is not a cure.
"Liberal" and "capitalist" are not mutually exclusive, mxyzptlk. Please look beyond your narrow labels and pigeonholes.
Liberals playing at being capitalists. Always entertaining.
It's possible "vetiab" below meant to use the word "accepted" and not "excepted," although frankly, you just never no around hear.
Every hypocrite thinks they have a good reason for being a hypocrite. No different than Walmart getting rich by selling merchandise made in China while draping itself in the red, white and blue of buy American and putting Americans out of work.
Your apology for your lack of integrity is not excepted.
Well, and there's films from Colorado Springs under THAT radar as well. For example, the Sundance-submitted documentary "Infinite Lives: The Road to E3". Who knows if it'll get selected, but it's been a long time coming.
Railroad engineers have been cooking their lunch on their massive diesel engines for many years. They know exactly where to place the aluminum foil wrapped contents and how long they need to let it cook at given speeds!
And you come across as an enlightened individual who actually sees people as people.
Thank You not only for your article but for taking the time to express here some of the issues so many do not understand.
Well, your worries are over.
The fearless Democrats removed the pay cap from the stimulus.
Now CEOs are free to take every penny of bailout funds and give it to themselves!
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