Re "Bipartisan retro-pay vote brings small solace" (Page A16, Oct. 6): American taxpayers are now insurers of the federal government. We pay the price for Congress's pet projects and missteps. Now, we are directed to pay government employees for work they did not do.
Being a government employee has its risks, one of which is the risk that a budget is not funded. Why should they be any different than other employees such as teachers who bore the loss of pay when furloughs spread across the state the last few years? If Congress wants to be generous, these back pay insurance premiums should come out of their pockets -- not ours.
-- Jeanne Carroll, Sacramento