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Opinion Letters

For more than 25 years after the 1983 amendments to Social Security, the federal government collected more in Social Security payroll taxes each year than it paid out in benefits. Those surplus revenues were supposed to be saved, but instead Congress spent every last dime of them and replaced the excess payroll tax revenue it looted from the Social Security Trust Fund with I.O.U.s written to itself.

At the end of 2010, the federal government owed the Trust Fund $2.61 trillion. Congress has drained the Trust Fund dry. (Source: Forbes)

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I’ve pored over hundreds of story pieces detailing the national financial dilemma but no one has explained it more succinctly than the two doctors (Fred Berger and Ed Morris) did in The Macon County News, Aug. 4.

I wouldn't pretend to add to what the good doctors so obviously have well researched and accurately reported. I most certainly agree with their diagnosis and recent developments indicate our plight is likely to worsen before it improves.

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This letter is written to address the man that came into the grocery store and harrassed my son because he wants to join the military.

First, let me say that for any young adult that wished to give their time to serve our country, we as free citizens of this country should be thanking them for having the desire and the gumption to want to join. This is what happened.

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‘Think’ ... RAIN. That’s it. Just one word. Simple?

Amy Dale-Ivory — Franklin, N.C.

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published: 10/18/2013
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