Some bits and pieces
By the time you read this, election D-day will be just weeks away. If your mailman likes to read our magazine it might be just a few days away. Nov. 3 is the day that the 15 months of our work of engaging the membership in the political process all comes together: the PAC, the miles, the smiles, the meetings and lobbying. Our Election Day volunteers and our phone bank staffers are all being put into place. There is just one last piece that I am counting on and that is YOU. Please get to the polls. Please vote for our endorsed candidates. If that candidate is distasteful to you, close your eyes, push the button and go take a shower.
You absolutely can’t vote for the endorsed candidate? Please vote anyway! Tens of thousands of dollars will be spent in the days following the election to see if we are voting, and with today’s technology that isn’t too hard to figure out.
We have all seen some crazy stuff come out of Congress, but when they let the Zadroga funding lapse for the latest victims of 9-11, I really was shocked. My anger spilled out in a letter I sent to every Congressman on Oct. 1t (which is on our website). I’m still checking the mailbox to see which coward wants to respond, but I won’t spend too much of my time waiting. Somehow, in their busy schedule this year, they found the time to require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins for the centennial of Boys Town. They even legislated the weight (8.359 grams), the diameter and gold content. I can’t even fathom the argument on the floor that got them to agree to 8.359 grams? I have no doubt that Boys Town does some really great things, but listen Mr. Congressman: We have some very brave people dying up here on a very regular basis. If you can’t find the time to reauthorize the Zadroga Act, can we at least give them a 8.359-gram Boys Town commemorative coin?
How great is the magazine cover this month? Unless you are color blind to the color pink, I’d have to guess you know by now that it is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Don’t miss the article about the efforts of some very courageous women within our ranks doing some great things to combat the disease and raise awareness. Yet another example of the great stuff we all do every single day.
For those that attended the annual convention, I certainly hope you took home some valuable information and had the chance to network with your fellow State Delegates. That is where the learning really begins. The inspirational story of Portland Officer Paul Meyer, the case study of the Las Vegas CiCi’s Pizza massacre and the very interesting Richard “Bo” Dietl was just a sampling of the agenda.
Finally (and I mean FINALLY), the Division of Pensions and Benefits has released the “Employment after Retirement” Fact sheet #86. Of course, it contains exactly the information we have been providing you all at our pension seminars since they pulled the sheet from the website. Funny that the very agency tasked with telling us the rules treated this issue like Kryptonite. Just the very mention of “Employment after Retirement” in the halls of the Division shook the staff to the bone. Doors would slam shut and the dark clouds of termination would hover over anybody that even whispered the phrase. Makes me wonder whose friends could possibly have been violating those rules? That sheet has been done for two years. It’s the pinnacle of hypocrisy and a damn disgrace to those of us that play by the rules. It is reason #467 that 2017 can’t come fast enough.
Now, the final and most important word this month: VOTE!