efits (or at the exact same age)
as we have today.
The money just won’t be there,
so we have to find a way to
change course and save these
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Health care costs
A couple of years ago, when
health care reform was being
debated, much was made of
the fact that the United States
spends way more on health care
than any other developed country and yet has a poorer health
outcome. Although that fact has
not changed, now all we hear
about is how Medicare is a major
source of our fiscal problems.
Medicare, per se, is not the real
problem. It’s the cost of health
care, which affects not only Medicare but other parts of government
budgets at all levels, not to mention all of our household budgets.
AARP, the media and politicians need to get back to basics
and resume the conversation
about our health care system and
why it is too expensive, instead
of trying to solve that problem on
the backs of older people.
Dav d Baker
Soldier On for creating affordable
housing in Pittsfield, Mass., for our
veterans, who have sacrificed for
the rest of us to live in freedom.
This is a just reward. Thank you,
and rock on, Soldier On.
Letty R vera
No phishing allowed
Sid Kirchheimer’s advice to just
delete spam is good [“Zongo and
Me,” Scam Alert], but if you have
time, you can also do your bit to
help fight it. Forward fraudulent
email to the Anti-Phishing Work-
ing Group (reportphishing@
antiphishing.org), an assemblage
of companies working to elimi-
Melvyn D. Magree
around in the dishwater trying to
make enough soap to wash dishes.
She saved all kinds of things for a
rainy day. Like so many in her generation, she had what was called a
“Depression mentality.” The Great
Depression put its mark on her.
I fear we are being groomed for
that same fearful state of mind.
Why should working people,
older people, regular middle-class
people, have to scrimp just to get
by while the wealthiest Americans,
with their low tax rates, are partying all the way to the bank? How
much soap can we possibly save?
FDR said it best, “The test of our
progress is not whether we add
more to the abundance of those
who have much; it is whether we
provide enough for those who
have too little.”
Brooklyn, N. Y.
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Housing for veterans
I was moved by “Homeless No
More.” I wholeheartedly commend the nonprofit organization
Scraps of soap
I read with some uneasiness “99
Great Ways to Save” because it
reminded me of my mother. She
too saved pieces
of soap (tip No.
85) and put
them into a little
that she swished
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