Letter to the Editor: Stand up for Social Security

Elections are coming soon. Let’s take a snapshot of Social Security. For the first time in a long time, Social Security is getting a half decent raise, but let’s not get too excited because we haven’t heard how much Medicare is going up.

For my wife and I, so far we have been notified our supplementary insurance will go up $17.94, prescriptions $4.50, our cable TV $20, plus whatever increase in food, clothes, fuel, electricity, etc.

Every year Medicare increases enough to eat up our raise, leaving us nothing to pay for these other things. Call your state representatives and state senator and ask them how they voted on these matters and if it is not to your liking, vote them out and look for new blood.

It’s hard to believe we can get 100,000 people to protest a judge confirmation but we cannot get 20 seniors to protest that they are being treated unfairly. Remember your mothers, fathers and grandparents are on Social Security now, but eventually you will also be on it.

So I suggest you try and get it straightened out now. I pray there will come a day when we’re able to keep enough of our raise to be able to take in a movie or two instead of sinking further and further into poverty. Time to stand up.

Jerry Devine

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