The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

Letters to the Editor

October 7, 2012

Letters to the Editor 10/7/12

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Sincerely,

Quentin D. Anderson Sr.

Athens

Excellent care at ALH

Dear Editor:

Recently I was an unexpected patient at Athens-Limestone Hospital. I wish to thank everyone who was in any way responsible for my excellent care.

I was treated with the utmost respect and dignity, and I am positive that my complete recovery was due to their wonderful way of doing things.

Keep up the good work!

Sincerely,

Julie Box Lea

Athens

Pray for the ’47 percent’

Dear Editor:

It burns me to my shoelaces when I hear the media, politicians, rich people and misguided persons refer to Social Security and Medicare as “entitlements.” They want it to sound as if it is something ugly and freely given to recipients, although this is not true. They seem to want people to believe these programs are a free handout, but, we paid dearly for ours, did they for theirs?

Social Security was formed in 1938, where a certain amount was taken from every working person’s wages as a means to take care of them when they retired. And it was and still is a very good program.

Then, in 1965 they decided to destroy the Social Security Trust Fund, and put our money in the General Fund. Since that time they have taken over $3 trillion plus interest from our money. At present there is $2.7 trillion surplus in our Social Security system, enough to last 25 years.

But, one political party wants to privatize it (stock market). After deregulating the banks and stock market, Bush wanted to do this, Guess what? The Social Security retirement money would have been lost As it will be if the politicians professing this get into office, then it will be goodbye seniors.

Now, for Medicare, it is a health insurance policy that we pay for the same as anyone that is not a senior. In most cases we pay more for and get less. The problem with Medicare is the rampant fraud that goes unchecked and, letting private insurance companies get involved. They cut services, doctors and hospital charges to a bare bones minimum. All they want is big profits that will allow them to give the CEOs $20 million bonuses at the expense of helpless seniors.

Medicare, supplemental and drug cards cost my wife and I more than $700 per month, and hardly any hospital, and many doctors want to treat us because of insurance companies. Beside this we have to pay for a card that allows us to buy medicine.

Now, in my opinion the ones that get the real entitlements are the politicians in Washington whose pension and health insurance premiums are paid by for by the good old taxpayers!

I truly believe that if the wrong party gets in, there will only be three classes of people in this country — the rich, poor and dead seniors. Pray for the 47 percent.

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