Schools Superintendent Jerry Weast's comments on health care benefits ["Montgomery County executive proposes property tax increases, layoffs" in the March 16 issue of The Gazette plainly demonstrate that he is totally out of touch with reality.
Weast, who apparently pays nothing toward his own "Cadillac" health care package, despite his gargantuan salary, asserts that it is "impractical" to require school employees to contribute more than 5 percent toward their health care plans because these employees work with children and many of them have master's degrees. Weast doesn't seem to realize that most private companies require employees to contribute 25 percent to 30 percent of their health care.
As a federal government worker with a law degree, I contribute 30 percent toward my health care plan. If my wife, a librarian at Montgomery College who has a master's degree and works with students, had her own plan through the college instead of being on my plan, she would contribute 25 percent...LETTER CONTINUES HERE