and their higher education reporter Bill Graves. Don’t hold your breath waiting for Graves to write something on George Pernsteiner’s perks or top 5 PERS beneficiary Dave Frohnmayer. His hatchet is for people like Lariviere and Berdahl who dare to disturb Oregon’s insider politics. I am not defending PERS tier one but there are 394 people getting larger benefits than Berdahl – oftern much larger. Why is he the focus of Bill Grave’s story? To punish him for supporting Lariviere. This will teach Berdahl not to criticize Goldschmidt’s boy George, by writing things like:
If you want to be president of the University of Oregon, be prepared to knuckle under to the chancellor and the board and be wary of the promises of the governor.
Ted Sickinger – who wrote the story on Mike Bellotti’s exploitation of PERS – has a much more policy oriented story on the money match, here. 3/10/2012.
Of course it’s a hatchet job. Start just with the headline. His pension is twice his final salary. But he last worked here, what, 25 years ago? It’s no surprise his pension has grown with inflation. That’s why they invest it in a pension fund, right?
Maybe these guys at the Oregonian work for the same salary as 25 years ago? Well, if they do, maybe they let themselves stay stuck in a dying business, tough for them, but that doesn’t mean the rest of us have to.