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Letters to the Editor

August 02, 2010

The time has come for charity to begin at home



To the editor:

The political party now in control must be losing their minds. They are giving, not lending, $7.5 billion to Pakistan for that country to create jobs by building dams and upgrading the power grid and other infrastructure. At the same time, our country is in economical turmoil. What can we do to impress upon those in power that you cannot buy friendship or loyalty, it must be earned.

The time has come for charity to begin at home. Our infrastructure is rapidly deteriorating. We need to repair and rebuild in this country to create jobs. The giving of funds to foreign countries may be beneficial at times when we can afford to and have funds set aside in the budget for that purpose.

Do you think for one moment they give a hoot about America?I am sure they think we are fools. We do not have the funds to give. We are just the middleman for the monies to come from China through us to others. We must repay China with interest added. Our people are scattered over the globe and at most places not welcome. Indeed, we are hated by many and are paid back by such catastrophes as the destruction of the Twin Towers.

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The Democrats are blaming the Republican Party for not supporting the passing of the bill to extend unemployment benefits. Seven and-a-half billion would go a long way for that purpose. Bring our forces home from most of those countries and use those monies saved to provide for our citizens.

How can you keep spending when you have no money? If we operated our household in this manner, we would be in the state of bankruptcy. That is where this country is heading. Is there no common sense practiced now?

Tom Wilhelm
Williamsport




Social Security Trust Fund should be repaid



To the editor:

Congress refuses to use future surpluses to repay debt they have no plan for repayment. They should stop raiding and repay the Social Security Trust Fund. It is time for we seniors to turn up the heat and turn to the president for help because he is in control of Washington, D.C., Congress and in control of the surplus and in mismanaging the Trust Fund, and using it for pet projects. This risks the whole future for our retirement system. Repay the Trust Fund or Congress will be forced to cut benefits or raise taxes or both. Politicians call the IOUs non-negotiable treasury notes. These are a mortgage on our future retirement system. Protecting this money has been a long and hard fight.

We need more than promises. FDR's vision of Social Security was a stable retirement insurance and would be ended. Reducing or ending the COLA would be terrible. It doesn't go far enough now, but politicians are looking for a cheaper way to calculate your cost of living, and others want to end it. FDR said benefit checks were universal and not based on need, but some reform plans would use an income test. Social Security is a retirement insurance plan, not an investment plan. It protects seniors from recession, federal budget deficits and Wall Street scandals that could force down the stock market just as a senior retires. It is too much risk to privatize Social Security. When FDR created Social Security in the 1930s, he based it on a promise between the government and Americans. Congress must stop raiding our money and putting worthless IOUs in its place. We don't get big money like Congress and vote ourselves a raise.

Anna Lee Burker
Sharpsburg

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