This was the headline:
So let's look at the examples of early retirements, shall we?
Pension reform, which took effect Jan. 7, has already pushed the likes of Perry Local Schools Superintendent John Richard, Stark County Parks District Director Robert Fonte and Canton Parks System Director Doug Perry into retirement. Richard, 52, will collect his pension and begin a new job with the Ohio Department of Education, and Fonte [probably Doug Perry...looks like an error] will collect and return to work as the park director, collecting both a salary and his pension.
Looking very closely, you'll notice that if they are referring to the two separate men, neither is actually retiring. Sure, they may be drawing on their official pensions, but in one case it sounds like the guy will continue to do the job he is supposedly retiring from (called double-dipping), and the other guy is just going to do a different state job. Woo.
So if the concern is that they will be losing precious human capital, I don't think that's particularly a danger, especially if they're allowed to double dip.
It seems to me if you can "retire" at age 52…. this system was long overdue for reform.
Prior stories on double dipping: