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Updated: September 24, 2013 6:28AM

Civic federation President Lawrence Msall has it wrong. Mayor Rahm Emanuel, months ago, came up with a plan, a draconian plan, to take away Chicago teachers’ cost-of-living increases for 10 years. We retired Chicago teachers, who dedicated 38 years of our lives to Chicago students, paid our 9 percent of each paycheck.

For those of us long retired, our pensions are based on salaries $20,000 less than salaries of suburban teachers. Unlike most suburban teachers, we did not get our pay bumped up 20 percent for our last two or three years, making the state pay for much larger pensions.

We do not get free health insurance. We need every cent of our cost-of-living increases to keep up with inflation.

Chicago retired teachers cannot be penalized the same as suburban and downstate teachers when the legislators finally approve a plan.

Robert Hirsch, Lincolnwood

Right people in custody?

Dear U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, please note the correlation: Chicago crime stats are down and Cook County Jail is overcrowded. Maybe the right people are in custody.

Tom Panush, Evergreen Park

Gender-identity disorder

Bradley Manning’s defense acknowledged his gender-identity disorder. Such a problem requires prompt treatment during childhood. If it had been treated, no telling how many of our friends and secrets would be safe. Tragically, California and New Jersey have banned such psychiatric services on bogus ideological grounds. Appropriate treatment is a need, not a crime.

John J. McCartney Jr., Heart of Chicago

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