Stress

The recent decision by the Los Angeles Board of Pension Commissioners to grant a stress-related pension to Karl Moody leaves me sputtering. The basis of his claim is that it was too stressful for him to sit on the pension board and pass judgment on fellow police officers who were applying for stress-related pensions. "I didn't have hypertension until I became a member of that board," he declared.

Do these people have no shame whatever? Are we as citizens simply going to sit here and behave like patsies? I, for one, have had it with the notion of stress pensions for police officers. It doesn't exactly take a Rhodes scholar to figure out that police work is stressful, and I would suggest that applicants presume that is part of the turf when they decide on being cops. If you don't want stress, join a monastery.

ED HOOKS

Los Angeles

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