Dear readers, I know these reports of the trials our dogged local public pension officials are going through at NCPERS 2007 at the Waikiki Hilton in Honolulu, Hawaii, are getting to be old news. But isn't it a matter of simple justice to acknowledge the dedication and sacrifice of these public servants? If you thought the schedule for Monday and Tuesday wasn't tough enough, they got to do it all over again today. Two-and-a-half hours with a guest speaker and another two-and-a-half hours in an educational seminar, with only a lousy thirty minute break in between, and no relief until the day ends at 1:30 p.m. On top of all that, today's speaker, Prof. Charles M. Elson, is only confirmed as "invited". He may not even show up, and so our pension officials at NCPERS 2007 might end up with half of their five-hour workday going down the crapper. I for one am keeping my fingers crossed that everything will go well for them today.