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Thankfully, the phone companies are already resisting taking on the role. Obama gave Attorney General Eric Holder 60 days to come back with a recommendation on who could take on the task. Best of luck to you, Mr. Attorney General.

These types of intelligence programs are crucial in our war against terrorism. In order to protect American citizens, the NSA and other security agencies must monitor and track these calls. It is almost unimaginable to think that a company like Google could have more access to personal information than the NSA. At some point we must ask, whose rights are we protecting?

You may call it spying, but to me it’s just protection, and these programs have and will continue to protect us from attacks overseas and within our country.

Another topic: Over the years, I have certainly traded barbs with Newsday, but it seems that, for once, the paper may have gotten something right. In an editorial on Jan. 16, Newsday called out Long Beach City Manager Jack Schnirman for his proposal to reduce the number of years municipal managers have to work before they’re eligible for retirement benefits.

“At a time when most municipalities are driving toward tightened budgets and benefits,” the editorial stated, “Long Beach is flirting with a wrong turn.”

Currently, a manager must be on the job 15 years, but the new proposal would allow that to be reduced to 10 years, or five if the employee also has five years with the state, another municipality or the military.

I respect Schnirman for a job well done during the challenging times after Hurricane Sandy. He should be commended for his tireless work in getting the boardwalk and the surrounding area rebuilt. But I’m really disappointed by this proposal. It’s a major step in the wrong direction. He is liberalizing the pension program.

The plan was supposed to be voted on last week, but was questioned by Long Beach City Council members and many residents, so it was tabled.


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For once I can agree with you Al we use way to many consultant contractors as it is to do IT work for the government and corporations.

An example that got very little play on the news is that much of the code target was using for the IT security was written in Russia. By farming this out we have lost control over who had our data, I'm sure these companies are not doing background checks on these off-shore consultants. By cutting costs and using outside consultants instead of hiring Americans they have but our personal security at risk, and who knows what other security is at risk. Since the Chinese, North Koreans, Iranians and all of our other enemies are constantly trying to hack into our infrastructure and see if they can wreck havick on us.

As to the pensions in Long Beach they council was totally wrong they should be going in the opposite direction and making it harder and longer to collect a pension. Pensions should be for people making under 75k a year once you make above that you get an IRA like everyone else. This should include all public employees COPS and Teachers on Long Island are going to kill us with pension costs in the very near future

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