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Letters to the Editor - Nov. 19

November 19, 2011

Social Security benefits are not a handout


To the editor:

Is the federal government mean-spirited or does it think the typical American is going to accept and back off on their Social Security benefits?

I believe the federal government is looking out for itself. It wants to provide you with a cost-of-living increase with one hand and tax you to take it back with the other hand. Maybe because they call Social Security an ‘entitlement’ or even ‘welfare.’ Really?

I paid for my Social Security benefits. They aren’t some kind of charity or handout. But look at congressional benefits — free health care, outrageous retirement packages, 67 paid holidays, three weeks paid vacation, unlimited paid sick days. Now, that’s welfare.

And what happens when they retire from or get voted out of office? They get a pass or at least have very cozy connections to be an insider with those companies, individuals or other legislators that they ‘befriended’ while in office.

Congress has the nerve to call this retirement account an entitlement? Are you ashamed of our leaders? You should be.

Americans have stood up for what they believe is right and not backed off from those who tread on us. Stay angry, my friend.

John Benisek
Williamsport




Thanks to Lions Club for building ramp at my home


To the editor:

Recently, my wife had a bad fall while entering our home and broke her ankle and she is now residing at Quincy Village for months of therapy and will not be able to walk the two steps to enter our home.

Several weeks ago, I was talking to a doctor and asked him if he knew of anybody who would build a ramp to assist my wife while entering our home and he told me he would make some inquires. The next day, I received a call from Mr. Glen Knepper of the Lions Club stating that they could build one for me, and within two weeks it was installed and ready for my wife when she comes home and at no cost to me.

In closing, I wish to thank the Lions Club for their work in completing this ramp, knowing that people do exist who are able and willing to help people in need.

Robert A. Goetz
Greencastle, Pa.

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