COLA freeze hurts senior citizens
How does that song by Jimmy Buffett go? "I used to have money one time.... Now I ain't got a dime ...." Well, one's fortunes can change in the blink of an eye. In fact, if it weren't for Social Security, I wouldn't be here today. So it surprises me that all senior citizens aren't in a flaming uproar about the approaching reduction in our benefits. Given the current economic situation, every dime counts.
The federal government has declared that because consumer prices have fallen this year, we don't need a cost-of-living increase. However, the premiums will go up on some health coverage.
I am a veteran, who worked for 42 years as a responsible tax-paying citizen. So it angers me to be jerked around like this. The federal government can give billions to banks and corporations, but then take money out of the pockets of people who can least afford it - the elderly.
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All senior citizens should call their congressmen and give them an earful. We worked long and faithfully and don't deserve to be treated this way.
Cell phone law too intrusive
Well folks, it's happening again. Our elected officials are about to intrude into our private lives once more. I'm talking about the government's attempt to ban all cell phone use while driving. When will it end? There are many reasons for accidents, but it isn't possible to regulate them all. There were accidents before cell phones existed, and there will continue to be accidents whether someone is talking on one or not. It's similar to the mandatory seat-belt laws - just another knee-jerk reaction.
It seems people lose their common sense when they become politicians. OK, their reason for all of these laws is to save lives and reduce health care costs, correct? Well, lets get down to it. First, ban all tobacco products, alcoholic beverages, all firearms, knives, fast food and contact sports and require all cyclists including motorcycles to wear helmets and full body armor.
Wait a minute; I have a brilliant idea: Ban all motorized vehicles; then everyone can just walk. Think of all the lives that would be saved. Come on, people; contact your elected officials to stop this nonsense law before it's too late.
Snowe's health care stand applauded
Bravo for Olympia Snowe. Finally, a Republican with guts who puts the needs of her constituents ahead of her ambition. Although I consider myself a moderate independent, when I was a resident of Maine, both Sens. Snowe and Susan Collins got my votes because of their integrity and ability to look beyond the party rhetoric.
Unfortunately, as an 11-year resident of South Carolina, I am distressed to see just the opposite in our politicians in general. Rather than integrity, compassion and common sense, I see intolerance for differences, lack of compassion for constituents, immorality and plain pig-headedness. And all the while the good-ol'-boy network remains alive and well. Take a lesson (gentle?)men.
TERRY HALLSEY-SCOTT, RN
U.S. at crossroads under Obama
I am alarmed at the Obama administration's actions and feel it is my duty as an American to say so. This goes way beyond the usual "God, guns and gays" hot button issues between the left and right. I would ask those of you who voted for Obama and think he is the reincarnation of MLK, JFK and Lincoln all rolled into one to please take a step back. Open your eyes, do your own research, and look below the surface. He is not that person.
Obama sees our country and Constitution as fundamentally flawed. In a radio interview in 2001, he described the Constitution as a "charter of negative rights" and said the Supreme Court didn't go far enough and address "economic justice" and the "redistribution of wealth." Obama is describing the Constitution as not being fair because it doesn't address spreading the wealth, i.e., socialism.
I feel Obama doesn't believe in the individual and sees government as the ultimate power. He associated with leftist radicals in the past and has surrounded himself with them today in his administration. We are at a serious crossroads in our great nation's history.
CHRISTOPHER C. CUSHING
Happy hour becomes family friendly
In the Life&Style section Oct. 7, along with the list of the usual "Tasting Events" there was an article on "family friendly happy hours," which further reinforced the idea that alcoholic beverages have taken over our society. Prior to reading the article, my concern was simply about using the "happy hour" designation for an opportunity for several families, including children, to socialize. But the article made reference to alcoholic and/or nonalcoholic beverages and added that "beer and wine are a necessity but so are the juice boxes."
While the best approach to protecting children is indeed adult supervision, one would hope that the adult supervisors are not supervising under the influence of the necessary beer and wine.
CHARLES C. PURYEAR