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Letters to the Editor May 21, 2011

There is no longer any dedicated Social Security fund; it’s just IOUs

In reference to Laurel Marquart’s May 18 letter, “SSI, SSDI services should not be paid out of Social Security fund,” my question is, what Social Security fund?

The so-called fund has long consisted of nothing more than a stack of government IOUs, and is now only a part of our national debt. All Social Security benefits are now paid from current taxes, not from some mythical “fund.”

Social Security was founded in 1935 as a retirement plan, in which workers would pay into a special fund through payroll taxes over their working lives, and would later draw retirement income from the accumulated fund. What happened? Politicians saw all that money coming in and scooped it up to pay for their pet projects, leaving only a stack of worthless government IOUs in its place!

If a private employer stole from his company’s worker retirement plan in the same way that politicians have treated the Social Security plan, that employer would be in prison!

 John Cupp

Smith River

 

Goal for your summer: The 27th Annual Crescent City Triathlon

If you’d like a goal for the summer, consider participating in the 27th Annual Crescent City Triathlon on Aug. 14. The adult events are a triathlon (swim/bike/run), a duathlon (run/bike/run), and a kids triathlon.

This is only as competitive as you want it; the goal is health and fun! Many people will walk the run; kids are allowed flotation devices in the pool, etc. All the events are centered around the Fred Endert Municipal Pool.

If you're not comfortable in one or two of the sports, why not form a team! That’s how many people start; I started about seven years ago doing just the bike leg. It was different from anything I’d ever done and it got me curious about the whole triathlon concept. I ended up learning to swim and to run!

Visit our website at crescentcitytriathlon.com for full details and applications. Applications are also at the pool, Back Country Bicycles, and soon to be around town at other locations.

I really encourage you to think about your health, both mental and physical, and how you can better it with a goal such as this.

Happy training!

Susan Roberts

Crescent City

 

We’ve been killing and stealing in the Middle East for 58 years

The May 7 letter from District Attorney Jon Alexander (“No regrets for celebrating death of a man who rightly deserved it”) was interesting and I respect his high education and difficult job. Even Mr. Alexander has no time to read history.

My letter would never be seen in our great paper, since most folks here prefer big lies.

At 82, I might have Alzheimer’s, but I still remember a little, and I believe 9/11 happened because we have been killing and stealing in the Middle East for the last 58 years. It began when the CIA overthrew Iran’s Prime Minister Mossadegh in 1953 and replaced him with the Shah.

According to history, the Shah tortured and killed his people for 25 years and we tolerated everything because he allowed an American company to explore 40 percent of the oil. Our disease of fighting will never end!

I have been in 33 countries including six in the Middle East. Different places, different news, and many believe that 9/11 was in self-defense.

Osama bin Laden said in an interview that he was not behind 9/11, but he was happy about it. Who knows?

Samuel Rosa

Crescent City

 

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