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Paul Greene

Paul Greene oversees public information activities for Social Security in southwest Florida. He gives numerous speeches and presentations and appears frequently on radio and TV. For 13 years, Paul provided a weekly Social Security update on SNN TV in Sarasota. He started with Social Security in 1973. He holds a BA and MA in history from the University of South Florida in Tampa.Paul is married to musician Cynthia Roberts-Greene. They have two children and three cats.

Latest from Paul Greene

In Social Security as in baseball, numbers tell stories

4:00 AM Thursday, Jun. 21, 2012

I’m a baseball fan. Cubs, Tampa Bay Rays and anyone playing the Yankees. (Sorry Yankee fans, it’s just one of the childhood holdovers). I’ll pour over box scores checking batting averages, earned-run averages and team won-loss records. Baseball just has plenty of numbers. Some are big. Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting...
Look online, not in mail, for annual Social Security statement

4:00 AM Wednesday, Jun. 20, 2012

“Hey, Social Security man,” someone I’d never seen before hailed me. “How come I haven’t received my yearly Social Security statement in the mail? I used to get one in the mail every year!” “You used to, yes, but now, we are encouraging people to use on our online version. It’s a cost-effective...
Social Security: Jacob still rules baby names' list

2:26 PM Thursday, May. 31, 2012

You probably saw that Social Security announced the top baby names for 2011 this month. For the 13th year in a row, Jacob came in at No. 1 for the boys. Sophia knocked Isabella to No. 2 after two years at the top of the girls' list. Mason is the only new name in the top 10 on either list. He rocketed from outside the top 10 to No. 2 for boys...
Social Security: Survivors may be eligible for benefits

1:27 PM Thursday, May. 24, 2012

Memorial Day is observed on Monday. It's the unofficial start of summer and a day off work for a lot of people. That's all well and good, but let's not forget what Memorial Day is really all about - honoring the American men and women who have died while in the U.S. armed forces. One way Social Security can honor our fallen military heroes...
Social Security: Medicare offers mom a special gift

3:06 PM Thursday, May. 17, 2012

OK, I admit it. I'm a little late with this column. I should have done this before Mother's Day. Somehow, Mother's Day crept up on me this year. Not only did I neglect this column, but I also was a little short at home, too. Although this column may make up for my lateness in the newspaper, it probably won't help me at home. I'm just saying...
Social Security: Go on, you're never too old to play

12:27 AM Thursday, May. 10, 2012

May is Older Americans Month, a perfect opportunity to show our appreciation for the older adults in our community - such as Jamie Moyer, Chipper Jones, Jim Thome and Jason Giambi. In the world of Major League Baseball, these guys are older Americans, especially Moyer, who is still pitching in the big leagues at age 49. At that age, all other...
Retiring? Estimator can help decide

1:43 PM Thursday, Apr. 26, 2012

Well, it happened again. I was at the grocery store, minding my own business, dressed down - way down (ratty T-shirt and ripped jeans). I had just left the floral department with a nice bouquet. I was thinking that I had found an arrangement just like my wife had requested, when I heard, "So when should I retire?" Shaken from my...
Help Earth by doing business online

12:43 AM Thursday, Apr. 19, 2012

Sunday is Earth Day. What started out 42 years ago as an American day to increase awareness of the Earth's natural environment has become a worldwide event. In a few days, more than a billion people around the world will celebrate Earth Day in one way or another. So, what are you going to do? You could attend an Earth Day event. You could...
Social Security: It's April, time for financial planning

1:06 PM Thursday, Apr. 12, 2012

Thinking about a little spring cleaning? Well, it just so happens that April is National Financial Literacy Month. I know those two sentences don't seem to have any relation to each other. However, as part of your spring cleaning, why not dust off your long-term financial plan? You do have one, don't you? If don't have a retirement plan,...
Social Security site: virtual 'egg hunt'

2:00 PM Thursday, Apr. 05, 2012

Eggs have long been a symbol of the new life of spring. The symbolism seems to go back at least 2,500 years. In spring, new life emerges from the depths of winter, just as a chick emerges from an egg. (This imagery didn't work so well this year.) There are many spring "egg" traditions around the world. In the United States, Easter...
Social Security: Time for young workers to look at benefits

1:17 PM Thursday, Mar. 22, 2012

Spring has sprung. Yes, at 1:14 a.m. Tuesday, spring arrived. Don't know about you, but I slept through it. Of course, it's only the official start of spring. It seems that spring weather has been here since New Year's. So what should you do to celebrate the momentous occasion? How about springing into action and finding out about your Social...