Voice of the People
Dr. Fleckenstein is worthy of award
To Leo Fleckenstein:
If my husband, Albert, was still here on earth, I'm sure he would be here, helping me write this. We both have watched you grow up at our alma mater, St. Joseph's. We watched you many Sundays trying to get along.
You became the force behind the Ebenezer Medical Outreach dental clinic, as we read in the paper. You are now the recipient of the 2012 Zack Binkley Award for Community Service. The clinic is now serving hundreds of uninsured patients.
I'm sure there are many people who are proud of you. Know we are.
Love and prayers,
GOP should keep hands off Medicare
Recently, Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky along with Rep. Paul Ryan and the Republican House were doing their best to save our Medicare and Social Security with their new budget plan.
Please, Mr. McConnell, keep you hands off our benefits. Don't need your wonderful help. Don't do us any favors. I would rather see these benefits take their own course than have them gutted by the Republican Party with worthless Medicare vouchers and Social Security money fed into the stock market.
If they are determined to mess with benefits, let them cut their own bloated entitlements, lifetime retirement and medical benefits (after two years of service), exorbitant salaries that are paid to them for a few months of work a year, not to mention the many thousands of dollars of perks they have.
I've worked and paid into Medicare and Social Security 50 years for what little benefits I get, and this is their first target for a balanced budget. Let us be sure to continue to allow big business and the upper 2 percent to put their money into off-shore banks to evade paying U.S. taxes. After all, this creates new international banking jobs.
Roger O. Simmons
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