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Benefits ‘are not gifts to rescind’

To the editor:

As a member of the federal community who served our country for years, I am deeply concerned that my hard-earned benefits will be cut to offset proposed tax policy changes. I ask my representative and senators to oppose such cuts to the federal community.

I based my career and retirement planning on long-standing, promised benefit calculations. Any cuts to what I earned break that promise and devalue my public service.
Congress is currently debating reforms to our tax code. Paying for touted middle-class tax relief on the backs of middle class federal employees and retirees is wrong.

My retirement and health benefits were earned through years of hard work. They are not gifts to rescind.

Raul Gonzalez

Portsmouth