Letters to the editor

January 23, 2007

A chance to clean up Congress

To the editor:

This is an open letter to the Democratic Party hierarchy. You now have the unique opportunity to restore to the Congress a level of integrity, honor and respect, so that the majority of the people and the world will once again like and respect our Congress.

All you have to do is represent a majority of the American people. When I say the "the American people," I don't mean the millions of illegal aliens, nor the special interest groups and the congressmen and lobbyists who represent them.

I mean the millions of Americans who strive so hard just to make ends meet. To bring respect and honor back to our Congress, the following action should be taken.


1. A committee of people with unquestionable honor and integrity should investigate any reported violations of the rules by members of Congress. Those who can be prosecuted under the law should be. And those who can't should be alienated and ostracized.

The above action should be one of the primary objectives of members of the new Congress if they wish to truly represent the people of America and again gain the respect of a majority of the world.

Arthur H. Franklin


Cross with word mixup

To the editor:

I know that both our president and a past president always get these words mixed up, but to see it in print is really upsetting.

In Linda Knapp's recent column on computers, she said "Call in the calvary."

When will people get it straight that Calvary has nothing to do with horses or the military? The word that they mean is "cavalry." They can read their Bible if they want a reference to Calvary.

Philip Ulzheimer

Social Security sleight of hand

To the editor:

I recently received important information from the Social Security Administration - my new benefit amount. The notice clearly states that my benefits will increase by 3.3 percent in 2007. But that statement is a lie, because my benefits will increase by less than 2.73 percent.

By law, the increase in Social Security benefits is rounded down to the next whole dollar. This law has a substantial affect on the amount and the percentage of the increase in benefits for those people who receive the lowest benefits.

I considered two retired 63-year-old men with 21 years remaining life expectancy. One man is now receiving $110 a month and the other man is now receiving $1,100 a month. Next year, the man receiving $110 a month will get $113 a month, less than a 2.73 percent increase. The man receiving $1,100 a month will get $1,136 a month, slightly less than a 3.3 percent increase.

If the increase in Social Security benefits remains at 3.3 percent per year over the next 21 years, the man who is now receiving $110 a month will get less than 95.3 percent of the increases because of the rounding down effect. The man who is now receiving $1,100 a month will get more than 99.5 percent of the increases in spite of the rounding down effect.

These results should come as no surprise to the public, because the law was written by wealthy politicians. All of us have two senators and one representative who say they care. If they do care, perhaps they will introduce bills that will require that increases in Social Security benefits are rounded down to the next whole cent (not dollar). I can assure them that the computers will not crash if this change is made.

Daniel Moeller

No public meeting?

To the editor:

After getting elected to the West Virginia 51 Senate District by a difference of only 300-some odd votes, why was there no public meeting called by the new representative to hear voter concerns about what is needed from the 2007 legislative session?

He did have a meeting in Martinsburg, W.Va., with representatives of the insurance industry to hear their requests and concerns, however! With such a slight margin of victory, you would have thought that this new representative would want to hear concerns and requests of all his constituents, not just special interests!

Maybe he is now starting to realize that Republican legislators only bring back complaints and excuses, since they can do little in a Democrat majority West Virginia legislature!

Gary Lee Nelson
Berkeley Springs, W.Va.

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