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Published: Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

In order to continue tax breaks for the wealthy as done for the past 12 years, public services or policies such as Medicare, Social Security, public schools, postal services and immigration reform should not be reduced, ended, privatized or opposed, which, however, Congress does.

Changing to a Chained Consumer Price Index formula for U.S. cost of living adjustments is a benefit cut that would mean lower COLAs for current and future retirees with significant benefit losses. Higher Medicare premiums shifts costs to employers/seniors and can mean more costly hospitalization.

Social Security is not in crisis. It had a $70 billion surplus until President George W. Bush. It would be more if the payroll cap became $113,000, not $70,000 only.

Immigration reform giving citizenship to those working with substandard wages, which lowers the wages of all other workers, would not cause a hardship on Social Security as these 3 million new citizens would not get Social Security until much later. They then could then get livable wages and increase income taxes paid.

Conservatives would end the public school system. The “No Child Left Behind” demanded more testing, thus rote learning, despite creative thinking being needed. Less teachers, less courses ensured. Vouchers to private and religious schools take our taxpayer funding.

Requiring post office pensions to be funded 75 years ahead of time, unlike anywhere else, doesn’t make sense.

Meanwhile, funding for unnecessary domestic surveillance drones continues.

Enact taxes on the wealthy. Keep public services like transportation, favor immigrant citizenship.

Bernice Russell

Crystal Lake

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