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Monday letters: Devine knew benefits when she ran for Columbia City Council

Columbia City Councilwoman Tameika Isaac Devine is sworn in by former mayor Bob Coble following her re-election in November.
Columbia City Councilwoman Tameika Isaac Devine is sworn in by former mayor Bob Coble following her re-election in November. tdominick@thestate.com

xCan we trust any elected officials?

Tameika Isaac Devine thinks that Columbia City Council members should now get retirement benefits, insurance for their whole family and then a raise also. She wants the retirement benefits for those who have served at least three terms.

Guess what: She qualifies.

Ms. Devine had to campaign three times for the job, and she was well aware of the salary. I don’t remember any part of her platform being that she would need all these extra perks for working 12 years at a part-time job. Perhaps she is tiring, and now she has decided the city owes her a lot more retroactively and should keep supporting her forever.

Get elected and then give yourself a bonanza. This is even more egregious than members of the Lexington-Richland District 5 school board tripling their pay after the election.

Stuart Stout

Columbia

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