Defined benefit plans were created to assure that after a career serving the public and risking their lives for others, firefighters had a secure and dependable retirement income. Public employees have frequently forfeited pay raises to improve and protect their retirement benefits. They earn less during their careers, but receive good pension benefits that are guaranteed. This protects employees and family members in their retirement years.
Some Phoenix leaders voiced opinions on an abused pension system that needs an investigation as to how it was bankrupted by those whom exploited the system. Those that corrupted and stole the funds need to be investigated and punished.
If you care about the trend in politics in Arizona, please take the time to read this opinion piece. Whether you agree with my political feelings or not, I hope you will use this guest commentary as an opportunity to think about the upcoming election and educate yourself on the issues and the candidates. If you have signed up for early voting, you will be receiving your early ballot in the mail soon. There are so many of us that vote in this way, it may very well be that this election is decided by mail-in ballots.
Reference is made in a letter to the editor (AFN) Oct. 8, “Prop 487 not right for Phoenix” by Chad A. White. Therein Chad makes the statement that this proposition would place an end to firefighters and police officers death and disability benefits. There is no truth to this claim as far as I have read. Either a misunderstanding or misrepresentation. Prop 487 clearly addresses reform only to the method in which pensions have and are structured and which continues placing the city in deficit shortfall.
On the night of Aug. 28, my life and the lives of my family changed forever. My brother, fourth-generation police officer Eric White, was killed in the line of duty. I saw firsthand how Phoenix rallied around our family, and I am forever grateful to everyone who showed kindness to my family.
On Oct. 4 the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will host an obstacle course-style athletic competition and stair climbing event in downtown Phoenix. Funds raised during the event will be put to work in laboratories, where researchers are working to find a cure for this genetic disease affecting the lives of more than 30,000 children and young adults in the United States.
Our community has seen its fair share of monsoon storms over the years, but when the remnants of Hurricane Norbert rolled through the Valley on Sept. 8, Phoenix neighborhoods saw record-breaking rainfall and historic flooding.
It was 13 years ago Thursday when terrorists attacked the United States after gaining control of four commercial airplanes. Two planes struck and took down the World Trade Center in New York; the third damaged the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.; and the fourth plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. Passengers of that flight, United 93, fought the terrorists in an attempt to regain control of the plane.
I was in the hardware store when I first heard the news, though I did not know what I was hearing. As the cashier tallied my purchase, I overheard a reporter on the store’s radio make the peculiar announcement that a plane had crashed into the World Trade Center. At the time, I thought of it as little more than a curiosity. How wrong I was.
Beginning today, pawnbrokers can charge higher interest, bigger prizes will be available at some bars and restaurants, and some cough medicines will be off-limits to minors. State health officials will be able to inspect abortion clinics without first getting a warrant.
Attorney General candidates Republican Mark Brnovich and Democrat Felecia Rotellini debate at the East Valley Tribune office in Tempe on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2014.Question 2: What are your thoughts on the restriction on RU486 and should the state continue to pursue the case to the Supreme Court?