Leominster runner on marathon world tour - Sentinel & Enterprise

After running a marathon in Antarctica this year -- and one on the Great Wall of China in 2008, and an ultra-marathon in the Libyan desert last year -- Leominster resident Bob Lashua thought his run in Ecuador last month would be relatively uneventful. Full Story
Leominster Taxpayer

Santa Clara, CA

#1 Nov 15, 2010
How is the man retired at age 47 from a government position and physically able to run marathons.
I'm appalled my tax dollars that are funding his very early retirement so he can run marathons all over the world.

This while the Congress is contemplating raising the retirement age for all us "non-government" employees to 70.
Broke

Groton, MA

#2 Nov 15, 2010
Leominster Taxpayer wrote:
How is the man retired at age 47 from a government position and physically able to run marathons.
I'm appalled my tax dollars that are funding his very early retirement so he can run marathons all over the world.
This while the Congress is contemplating raising the retirement age for all us "non-government" employees to 70.
Try doing the job before you open your mouth.
AAA

Athol, MA

#3 Nov 15, 2010
Leominster Taxpayer wrote:
How is the man retired at age 47 from a government position and physically able to run marathons.
I'm appalled my tax dollars that are funding his very early retirement so he can run marathons all over the world.
This while the Congress is contemplating raising the retirement age for all us "non-government" employees to 70.
Your tax dollors? He worked for that pension. He worked there for 20+ years and was able to retire most likely for only half of what he was making. Maybe he got sick of working for a ****bag taxpayer like yourself and decided to leave early and move onto other opportunities. Your not paying for crap, he put into that pension.
AAA

Athol, MA

#4 Nov 15, 2010
AAA wrote:
<quoted text>Your tax dollors? He worked for that pension. He worked there for 20+ years and was able to retire most likely for only half of what he was making. Maybe he got sick of working for a ****bag taxpayer like yourself and decided to leave early and move onto other opportunities. Your not paying for ****, he put into that pension.
Sorry, spelling error: should be "tax dollars"
Keep it up Bob.
retirement

North Reading, MA

#5 Nov 15, 2010
DOC work 20 years get 50% of your pay. How else would you get people to do that job
danleominster

Leominster, MA

#6 Nov 16, 2010
retirement wrote:
DOC work 20 years get 50% of your pay. How else would you get people to do that job
Even with a regular pension and a thirty year requirement there would be a waiting list. He is whats wrong with government pensions. Just look at the cigarette smoking alcoholics they employ. Plenty of non family members apply and are turned away now.No one is forced to work there.
Leominster Taxpayer

Santa Clara, CA

#7 Nov 16, 2010
Broke wrote:
<quoted text>
Try doing the job before you open your mouth.
Ok sport, you know so much about this guy, what was his job and why did he have to retire at such a young age?

Yeh, he put into the pension, but the fully paid medical is straight outa the taxpayers pocket.
Let's talk about the stupid programs that are supposed to save money, like early retirement for teachers, except the retired teachers are hired back as full time subs.

I want the government worker retirement age to reflect the same retirement age the government is promoting for the private sector.
Broke

Groton, MA

#8 Nov 16, 2010
Leominster Taxpayer wrote:
<quoted text>
Ok sport, you know so much about this guy, what was his job and why did he have to retire at such a young age?
Yeh, he put into the pension, but the fully paid medical is straight outa the taxpayers pocket.
Let's talk about the stupid programs that are supposed to save money, like early retirement for teachers, except the retired teachers are hired back as full time subs.
I want the government worker retirement age to reflect the same retirement age the government is promoting for the private sector.
Let start with the fact that he put in over 20 years doing one of the shit jobs in this country. Worked off shifts, most holidays and weekends, and forced overtime. Yes he and the other's know this before they take the job but the retirement is part of the reason that they take these jobs.

Where do you get the idea that he is not paying for his medical? Most retired state employees pay their medical, and when they turn 65 they also have to pay for their medicare. Not all state employees are politicians or connected to politicians.

Most state employes cannot retire after 20 years, public safety and some quasi state agencies have this rule. The reason public safety gets this perk is because they are burn out jobs.

Now that I've said that, I do agree that there is a lot of things that need to change in the MASS retirement system. The first being that management and politician's should not be able to take the pensions of the workers. Judge's do not pay into retirement but do get pensions.

My point of replying is, don't always believe the half truths that you get from this paper and others. They do not give the reasons why a lot of these rules where put into place. All they are doing is putting workers(union) against workers(non union) while the fat cats keep on making the big bucks.

Last point; I believe no state employee should be requesting a raise at this time. Everybody needs to stop asking for more.
Leominster Taxpayer

Santa Clara, CA

#9 Nov 16, 2010
Broke wrote:
<quoted text>
Let start with the fact that he put in over 20 years doing one of the **** jobs in this country. Worked off shifts, most holidays and weekends, and forced overtime. Yes he and the other's know this before they take the job but the retirement is part of the reason that they take these jobs.
Where do you get the idea that he is not paying for his medical? Most retired state employees pay their medical, and when they turn 65 they also have to pay for their medicare. Not all state employees are politicians or connected to politicians.
Most state employes cannot retire after 20 years, public safety and some quasi state agencies have this rule. The reason public safety gets this perk is because they are burn out jobs.
Now that I've said that, I do agree that there is a lot of things that need to change in the MASS retirement system. The first being that management and politician's should not be able to take the pensions of the workers. Judge's do not pay into retirement but do get pensions.
My point of replying is, don't always believe the half truths that you get from this paper and others. They do not give the reasons why a lot of these rules where put into place. All they are doing is putting workers(union) against workers(non union) while the fat cats keep on making the big bucks.
Last point; I believe no state employee should be requesting a raise at this time. Everybody needs to stop asking for more.
A corrections officer having to deal with people of possibly the lowest ethical and moral standards, some of whom have no regard for the life of another human being, is indeed stressful.
So I'll give the guy a pass, but as you mentioned many of the government positions which qualify for pensions should not.

Here's another one for folks to ponder..
Why would an elected official be eligible for a pension?
This person serves 2-4 years at the will of the people. At BEST, we should contribute to a 401K for them that they can keep or rollover after they are either voted out of office, decide not to run, or retire.


RMV

Leominster, MA

#10 Nov 16, 2010
Talk about bennies!
Not many people know that Mass. State reps and senators pay half price for thier vehical registrations. I'd like to pay $25 instead of $50 per year. The rates are posted on the Registry of Motor Vehicals web site. Small potatos but they add up.
AAA

Athol, MA

#11 Nov 16, 2010
Leominster Taxpayer wrote:
<quoted text>
Ok sport, you know so much about this guy, what was his job and why did he have to retire at such a young age?
Yeh, he put into the pension, but the fully paid medical is straight outa the taxpayers pocket.
Let's talk about the stupid programs that are supposed to save money, like early retirement for teachers, except the retired teachers are hired back as full time subs.
I want the government worker retirement age to reflect the same retirement age the government is promoting for the private sector.
He retired because he worked there not long after he graduated high school. He worked close to 25 years. He was a Lt. and worked several area's in the DOC. He worked his way up the ladder unlike the Sheriffs Dept. where most ranking CO's sucked ther way up to top. He wasn't forced to retire nor did he have to. Did you ever think that maybe he wanted to move on and begin a different career, start a new life. As I said, he worked for his pension, he earned. He's a good man and a better CO. Maybe Bob planned ahead, anybody can retire anytime they want.
Good luck Bob in your future endevors, you earned it.
retirement

North Reading, MA

#12 Nov 16, 2010
danleominster wrote:
<quoted text>Even with a regular pension and a thirty year requirement there would be a waiting list. He is whats wrong with government pensions. Just look at the cigarette smoking alcoholics they employ. Plenty of non family members apply and are turned away now.No one is forced to work there.
yeah in todays world econmy but not 20 years ago when they had to beg to get people to work there when this man started.

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