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Federal workers don't know sacrifice

After a 45-year career in the private sector, first with Bethlehem Steel, then with Harley Davidson Motor Company and ending with General Motors, I lost wages, medical benefits and pensions when these companies were not making profits.

Federal workers have not made any sacrifices that compare to losses in the private sector jobs ("Federal workers rally, underscore their sacrifices," Dec. 6). Most of them retire with 85 percent of their salary and medical benefits that they never paid into. During my last 20 years of working, I paid for medical and into my pension plan.

There are a lot of cities and states now that can no longer afford to pay these government pensions.

Joe Heming

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