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Letters to the Editor

November 09, 2009

Congress must stop raiding Social Security fund



To the editor:

The U.S. Congress refuses to use future surpluses to repay debt while running it to $170 billion per year. They have no plan for repayment. They should stop raiding the Social Security surplus and start paying the trust fund. It's time to voice our opinion.

Right now, Congress raids the S.S. Surplus to finance regular government expenses and pet projects for themselves. This risks the whole future of the retirement system.

The trust fund is projected to produce a $1.69 trillion surplus over the next 10 years. This is the time to repay the trust fund or Congress will be forced to cut benefits, raise taxes or both when money is needed for future benefits.

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Congress will be under pressure to take action and vote for reform and very soon. Our cost-of-living adjustment barely goes far enough now, but some politicians want to end it. FDR said benefit checks were not based on the establishment of need. We paid for this by our taxes while working. It is not for Congress.

Social Security is a retirement insurance program, not an investment plan. It protects seniors from recession, federal budget deficits and Wall Street scandals that could force down the stock market.

FDR created Social Security in the 1930s and based it on a promise between the government and Americans. Congress must not use our surplus and put more IOUs in the trust fund. They must use it to pay back the trust fund.

Come on, Congress, represent the people, not yourselves. You have enough freebies. Don't be greedy.

Anna Lee Burker
Sharpsburg




Thanks to all for a great Mummers Parade



To the editor:

I would like to take the time and thank the people from the Alsatia Club and everyone else involved for another great Mummers Parade.

The rain cleared and the people came out. I was a participant in the parade, as I was last year and previous years. I enjoyed going through it and displaying the Stars and Stripes along with flying one of several patriotic flags on my flag-themed bicycle.

I displayed a flag with the words "All gave some, some gave all" due to the fact that we Americans should never forget the sacrifices a lot of people made defending this country. We should keep them in mind and remember those who are still serving in Iraq and other areas.

It really felt great - a lot of the parade spectators clapping their hands and praising me as I was making my way through the parade. I appreciated that and I felt right at home. I look forward to the parade every year.

Russell "Pete" Seville
Greencastle, Pa.

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