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Letters to the editor: Outrage at Mary Easley's pension deal

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Lots of letters rolling in with people wanting Mike and Mary Easley run outa town on a rail. If you missed Saturday's story about the former first lady's deal with N.C. State that nets her $43,000 more each year in retirement pay, check it out here.

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Some might say the pension payout to Mary Easley is a giveaway to a political powerhouse. But no, says N.C. State University, it is a smart business decision because of the “cost of litigating this case.” What cost? Doesn’t NCSU have its own staff attorneys? Of course they do, and litigating staff contract disputes should be one of their specialties. If not, what do they do all day?

Bernard Bard
Pittsboro

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Regarding the Dec. 1 article “Mary Easley’s pension soars”: It is a nauseating situation. Now we have a new addition to our lexicon: “re-retire.”

When will the Easleys stop fleecing the good residents of North Carolina, pack up and move to points unknown? We gave them our confidence and respect, and they took it to the bank in their selfish better-than-thou way. I cannot imagine the nerve she has to seek more of the people.

As for the decision of N.C. State Chancellor Randy Woodson, he has become simply a continuation of the problem. The fact that payments come from “unrestricted private donations” further demonstrates the incestuousness of our university financial dark side.

Nelson Brodick
Raleigh

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Regarding the Dec. 1 article about Mary Easley: Who held the gun to NCSU Chancellor Randy Woodson’s head to make him sign the increased pension for Mary Easley? From $37,000 to over $80,000 a year, really? That is over $6,000 a month! Guess she needs the money to maintain the N.C. first lady standard of living.

Pat McCrory was absolutely right when during his recent campaign he said that the state government is broken and needs to be fixed – this is a prime example of just what he was talking about.

William Cornwell
Cary

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Regarding the Mary Easley pension, I’d say it’s high time the State of North Carolina learned how to write employment contracts and how to fire people so they stay fired without a lot of horsing around and lawyerly fol-de-rol.

Lee Downie
Henrico

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I don’t know which matter insults people of North Carolina more: the bill Rep. Renee Ellmers introduced to rename the Century Post Office for Sen. Jesse Helms or the continued giveaway of our money by N.C. State to Mary Easley.

Both actions are disgusting. One action gives credit to a man who, for the most part, was against everything, and the other gives money to someone who did little if anything to earn it. She just had connections.

Bob Edmundson
Raleigh

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Regarding the Dec. 1 article about Mary Easley: It sounds like the university had real reason to increase Easley’s pension. What I am wondering about is how in the world hiring someone to be an “executive in residence” (as described in your article) deserved the salary she was promised.

Approaching $200,000 for organizing programs? Doesn’t sound like a full-time job.

My grad school alma mater N.C. State apparently has nothing on its sister in Chapel Hill. It sounds like someone is paid for connections or as a favor and not the job being performed.

Jay Miller
Raleigh

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So NCSU Chancellor Randy Woodson decided it was in the university’s interest to settle Mary Easley’s pension without litigation, yet all of the UNC system schools make The N&O go to court over public document requests. They do look after their own, don’t they?

Ed Odom Jr.
Raleigh

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I read about the huge, more than double, retirement package that Mary Easley was given by NCSU. This is wrong on so many levels.

One is the “private donation” item. Attempting to give the impression that money wouldn’t be paid by NCSU but from a private account is misleading. What are the private donations used for? Teacher incentives, campus improvements, student aid, sports programs, club activities, etc.? Now that the “private fund” will be depleted by thousands of dollars, something will go lacking. The effect on the private fund will surely be greater because there will be a number of donors who will cease giving because of this incident.

If Easley had any character, she would have accepted the original settlement, which was more than generous under the circumstances of her apparent “job” and the way she got it.

Dale Whitfield
Wake Forest

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Let's see how many people are  outraged at Mary Easley's $80,000 pension settlement from NSCU. Oh wait, she's a Democrat whose husband just happens to be a convicted felon and ex-governor. Wonder what the outrage would be if she were Republican.

Pat Jarman
Raleigh

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Have Mike and Mary Easley left our state? They should, because they obviously do not  care about North Carolina. Mary Easley's job at N.C. State was basically a make-work job meant to curry favor with the governer. And when your paper and others found this out, she was terminated.
    Now she is going back to the state till for more. She and her husband definitely are promoting the fact that many lawyers are self-promoting, greedy crooks. As a former govoner and first lady, shouldn't they be building our state up, not robbing us? And robbing the state employees pension fund. And what happened to the coast property bribery scam they were involved in? Run these two out on a rail.

William Mitchell
Raleigh

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So we have yet another story about Mary Easley and her battle with NCSU on the front page of Saturday’s paper. I’m beginning to agree with Shakespeare. He just got the location wrong. Something is rotten in the state of North Carolina.
 
Keith Breneman
Apex

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What a headline to ruin a pretty weekend. It sure is easy to give someone's hard-earned pension money away!!!

As to the $90,000 from private donations, I am sure this money was deducted from the givers' income tax, state and fed, so it is taxpayer money!!! Also why does the univeristy maintain a fund for misconduct?

Ferdinand Lundberg
Garner

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Burgetta Eplin Wheeler is the associate editor of the Editorial pages, responsible for the Other Opinion page. She occasionally writes editorials. She can be reached at bwheeler@newsobserver.com or 829-4825.
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