Voice of the People
Social Security is not enough to help
As a senior citizen, I received notice that I am to receive a 1.7 percent increase in my Social Security. That amounts to an average of about $20, but will be offset with an increase in our Medicare.
Now let us reason together, with our economy costing us a 30 percent increase, then how do they reach the 1.7 percent figure. I bought a can of shaving cream where the price rose 40 cents, which is 33 percent. Gasoline rose over $1 dollar at the pump in one year. That is over 33 percent. This 1.7 percent keeps us just above the poverty level, where we would receive food stamps. This is done every year. You cannot add food stamps to your Medicare; I believe this is the reason for the 1.7 percent.
Our government gives billions to countries that hate us, especially to Pakistan where individuals shot a 14-year-old girl who wanted an education. She is recovering, but they said they would do it again if she did.
Double dippers hurt all taxpayers
For every double dipper, someone is knocked out of a job. When you don't have a job, because of double dippers, you must sign up on unemployment. After that runs out, you must apply for help at other federal- and state-funded programs, such as Medicaid and food stamps, and anywhere else that you can get help.
In most cases it involves large families. Medical coverage for these people is very expensive to every taxpayer. All of these programs are getting overloaded, partly because of double dipping. That's how it costs the taxpayers money.
Wake up people. Double dipping hurts every taxpayer and only benefits the dipper. Someday the cookie jar will be empty. That's not a complaint, just a fact.
South Point, Ohio
There's no reason to fear a gun shop
I am amazed at some of the paranoia-laced letters I keep reading here about the gun shop that is apparently trying to open up in the Highlawn area.
First of all, I have never heard of a crime ever being committed at or on the premises of any gun shop. One author commented, "Don't they get enough guns on the street?" Apparently, referring to criminals, but criminals can't buy firearms legally at a gun shop so why would anyone be concerned about that?
Furthermore, no one cringes more when leaning of a crime committed with a firearm than a legal, responsible gun owner because it is his or her rights that are jeopardized by such senseless acts.
As a matter of fact, one of the very, very few industries that has flourished since the present administration has taken charge is the firearms industry, along with ammunition manufacturing, simply because of the upcoming breed of politicians who insist upon infringing upon the civil rights of the American citizen more and more as each day passes.
Remember, when the people fear the government, it's a tyranny, but when the government fears the people, it's a democracy.
Mark G. Hicks Sr.