Stockton is squandering an opportunity

08/05/2014 1:08 PM

08/07/2014 11:23 AM

Re "Stockton's bankruptcy and pension reform" (Viewpoints, Aug. 4): The city manager for Stockton says cutting pension benefits in bankruptcy will force a mass migration of workers. He also says that only 1 in 100 applicants is qualified to become a sworn police officer which would make it difficult to fill vacancies.

My personal experience with an embezzlement crime is that there are significant weaknesses in the way we treat crime victims and bring their perpetrators to justice. No amount of police on the street will increase the district attorneys' and the court system's ability to handle all crimes investigated by police and sent to them for prosecution. We don't need sworn officers to perform administrative tasks related to white-collar crime investigation, website design, budget analysis, staffing and personnel issues, and a myriad other back office tasks that don't require guns.

The city manager should treat all creditors fairly and honestly.

-- Marcia Fritz, Orangevale

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