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I must address both Sam Miller’s and Barbara Grossman’s letters in the Oct. 24 Gazette. I agree that seniors are getting shortchanged, but the $250 I received last year was a lot more than any COLA would have been for me. The only problem was that it wasn’t added permanently to my Social Security benefits. $250 was a 3 percent or more COLA for anyone receiving up to almost $800/month. Of course, for those of you receiving $2,000/month, it would not have amounted to a 3 percent COLA, but wait, doesn’t the loaf of bread or gallon of gas go up the same amount for all of us? And wouldn’t a $25 or $30 a month COLA for everyone be more fair than any percentage increase? And wouldn’t this keep the gap between rich and poor (even among Social Security recipients) from getting larger? And wouldn’t this help keep Social Security solvent? And shouldn’t this be applied to all public entities when giving pay raises for the same reasons? Businesses give raises in monetary amounts rather than by percentages, so why shouldn’t those entities using our tax dollars do the same? You do the math.

Betty Meek

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