To the editor of THE EAGLE:

I am writing in regard to Pittsfield Ward 5 councilor Jonathan Lothrop's pay raise proposal for city councilors (Eagle, June 7.) I am not questioning the pay raises, but Mr. Lothrop's point that because there have been no raises for 20 years this would be a 1 percent raise if the councilors had gotten annual increases in that interim.

But it also means a 25 percent increase if done this year alone. Figures speak, but let them tell the whole story.