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Social Security, economy have many living on edge

To the editor:

I was totally appalled when I opened up my new letter of benefits for Social Security. We only received a 1.7-percent raise and also Medicare went up. After doing the math on what is being deducted, it came out to be $18 extra a month. That will buy me probably four gallons of milk a month. The cost of living is much higher than that.

I have had to learn to fix and repair problems that arise in my home, as my income wouldn’t allow for repairs. I am putting out 100 percent of my income with nothing to spare and get this thrown in my face along with all the millions of people who depend on their income.

This isn’t living, this is just existing.

We have these large corporations giving themselves huge raises and we little peons — as I feel I am — got nothing. I worked all my life to receive what I am getting. Never mind the elderly that are the backbone of this country. How do you expect them to live?

This is a disgrace to all who need to be on Social Security disability or just receive monthly Social Security allotments.

My husband passed away 3½ years ago and I am still fighting with a bank for a loan modification, as my mortgage is too high.

Today, every penny counts. I understand why everyone is losing their homes. Lack of work to keep up with this economy. This country needs to wake up and raise a ruckus about this.

I survive day-to-day, not knowing what is next.

Robin Staples


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