Regarding “S. Fla. Democrats decry Social Security changes,” across-the-board cuts made by changing inflation formulas will make us feel that we are all in the same place, with our benefits being attacked equally. But let us not forget that there is nothing equal about Social Security benefits.
According to a report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, there were 2.9 million recipients of spousal Social Security benefits in 2011, even though they never contributed through payroll deductions. These recipients are not widowed, disabled or orphaned. They have no need for this little gift from our government, but they qualify by being married to a man for 10 years.
When he begins to collect his Social Security, she can receive hers, which is half the amount he continues to receive. If she had worked and paid into the system, a spouse could collect her own at age 62, and her husband can collect half of her full benefits while he continues to work and waits until he is older to collect a larger benefit. Together, this couple receives either 150 percent of his benefit or more than 150 percent of her benefit. Everyone close to retirement needs to know this little secret.
Across-the-board cuts may be politically correct, but my vote and campaign support will go to the representative or senator who has the courage to push for a review of the entire Social Security program.
JANE E. FRICK
Palm Beach Shores
wrong way to run
Regarding the item on George Bennett’s column about former state Sen. Nan Rich’s bid for governor, I disagree with her strategy. In fact, I believe that a strategy like hers, whether by a Republican or Democrat, is what has placed our government in this quagmire.
I don’t care to support candidates who cast themselves as “real” Republicans or Democrats. What I want is a “real” American who is making decisions that improve the quality of life for “real” citizens and not special interest groups. I respect Charlie Crist for the fact that he stood up for he thought was right and did not always follow what the individual party wanted. The fact that he has been on both sides of the aisle is a positive. He knows the inner workings of both parties, and, hopefully, can meet in the middle.
A word of advice to Nan Rich: Find a way to convince voters that you are the right candidate for governor on your ability to fairly govern everyone, not just by following the Democratic Party’s platform.
Internet cafe ban
helps special interests
Regarding “Governor enacts Internet cafe ban,” the only reason this Legislature and our unpopular governor have to close these game rooms is that special interests like the raceway casinos want every penny they can get their hands on, no matter who they hurt.
Closing Internet cafes and senior arcades will put more than 100 small businesses out of business, which means about 1,500 people out of work. I have not heard any complaints from anybody who goes to these game rooms, it gives the elderly a place to go during the day. They get lunch, and some people get dinner. They socialize with other seniors at a very small cost. If they were to go to a race track, who knows how much they might lose?
This bill started out by going after Internet cafes. This bill smells of do-me-a-favor politics, and our job creating governor says he will sign the bill. Why, if he says he wants to create jobs?
Wait for verdict in
Trayvon Martin case
Regarding “Teen’s parents settle suit against HOA” about the Trayvon Martin shooting, if you were not there, then you really don’t know what happened. I don’t think George Zimmerman wanted to kill Mr. Martin. But in the “New American Way,” the homeowners association paid his family money.
In the “Old American Way,” it was innocent until proven guilty. Shame on those who have exploited this case for personal gain. I will, as a rational person should, withhold judgment until the trial is held.
Letters summed up
‘Step on Jesus’ flap
I had wanted to write a letter to the editor to express my opinion about the hubbub about the “Step on Jesus” controversy, but I found that I don’t have to.
In one edition of The Post, three letters were headlined: “University should have backed professor,” “Uproar confirms lack of tolerance,” and “Student showed inability to reason.” That said it perfectly. Whereas another writer spoke of “sheep mentality,” not knowing he himself is guilty of just that.
Lake Clarke Shores
Will GEO foes
I read the story about The GEO Group withdrawing its offer to pay Florida Atlantic University $500,000 per year for 12 years to rename the FAU football stadium. The private prison company did say it would still pay $500,000 for scholarships. I am curious about how many of the “67,000 voices” against renaming the stadium would not apply for/accept part of the $500,000 in scholarships?
West Palm Beach
earned 2 thumbs up
The passing of Roger Ebert (“Quintessential film critic called himself just a fan”) evoked many fond memories for me.
For more than 30 years, I had the privilege and pleasure of representing Roger (as well as Gene Siskel) as their attorney-agent, which included shepherding the commercial syndication of their television programs. The competition between Roger and Gene was real; their disagreements were genuine. The product was entertaining, engaging and informative. You would never hear either acknowledging the other as a factor in his success, but each had a strong, non-verbalized, underlying love for the other.
Roger was a facile writer with prodigious energy and production. He always had time for anyone who bothered to engage him. He touched the lives of millions by television and thousands by his writings, personal contact at film festivals, appearances, teaching, email and tweeting. It is heartening to hear the anecdotes of the many and diverse people whose lives he affected.
While I marvel at all of Roger’s many professional accomplishments, I most admire his honesty and bravery. In his autobiography, “Life Itself,“ Roger tells his life story candidly, warts and all. When Roger suffered complications from thyroid cancer in 2006, he became facially disfigured and lost the ability to eat, drink and talk. Yet despite these infirmities, which would be crushing to most, he did not shy away from personal appearances and continued his prolific writing. His body failed him, but his marvelous mind and attitude persevered. He was courageous in ways few have emulated.
I will always treasure the friendship of Roger and his wife, Chaz. I will miss Roger, but I am comforted in the knowledge that the world has given him two thumbs up, way up, for his time on Earth.
DONALD M. EPHRAIM
Palm Beach Gardens
at its best in Glades
This is in response to “Did Edsall lie about 911 call in Glades?,” about the University of Maryland head football coach and his assistant and their “unfortunate encounter.”
I am familiar with Belle Glade and the surrounding communities. My lovely mother-in-law lives there, and I have enjoyed my visits to the area. It is well known that the good folks “around the lake” are used to football coaches coming from all over the country. The Southern hospitality is put to the test, and is at its best in this area. You can always find a gentleman opening the door for a lady, strangers being assisted and a nice easy-going smile from all.
Although I learned my manners in the North, it was the Southern influence that polished them up nicely when I moved here.
CARROL ANN STANKOVITZ