Some local political wannabes have been grandstanding about the benefits of eliminating jobs through attrition to prevent layoffs. This is sadly short-sighted. Often, the people that retire are the most experienced and productive workers in a organization. Not replacing them contributes to the ìbrain drainî of our economy. Attrition does not prevent layoffs. It is laying off a position that an agency and government has already deemed necessary, to allow the agency to function properly. Offer monetary incentives to keep people from retiring or fill their positions when they retire. Attrition is bad for everybody.