Social Security is not entitlement program for those who contributed

To The Daily Sun,

There is a real, simple and most positive means to provide Social Security reform.

First of all, Social Security was and still remains a user-tax program. Benefits are provided based on your contributions. This was never to be intended to be the entitlement program that it has become today. Benefits were provided based on the level of income combined with contributions.

The program was not designed to assist immigrants, criminals, freeloaders, etc. This is a non-prejudicial approach and common-sense way to fix the program as it is today. It must be repeated here, this was a payer-designed program. In other words, if you did not contribute to the program, you get no benefits. Period. Disability payments were added as other benefits were added later, but one always had to contribute to the system.

Yes, Social Security is under attack, but for the wrong reasons. Social Security is the bulwark of retirement financing for many senior citizens who worked hard all their lives to develop an additional, stable source of income upon retirement. These beneficiaries paid for these benefits. Social Security, placed on the right track, can supplement many people for many years.

Many immigrants come to this country, draw a Social Security number and then illegally draw benefits without contributing. Many of these immigrants are able-bodied and can contribute to the system which in turn could then enable them to be eligible for benefits. It is insulting to see fellow Americans try to claim benefits for which they did not pay for, and profit from this illegal means. In short, many beneficiaries are subsidizing these illegal distributions in the form of reduce retirement benefits and reduced medical benefits that they paid for.

It is also insulting that our own federal government raids these funds in the name of loans to provide extra funding for military and other ventures the government seeks to provide, even though those beneficiaries have not paid one penny for these benefits. George Bush raided our monies for wars we did not authorize. If we had those funds back, many of us would enjoy higher incomes.

This is not an entitlement program. Due to the overload of peoples obtaining benefits without paying in is the major cause for the financial crisis in Social Security. The solution is quite simple. Stop paying benefits to those who have not contributed — everyone. If these people come here expecting entitlements, then the federal government should have separate programs for these people, not take from our Social Security, that we paid for. The benefits would be markedly increased if we did not have these freeloaders in our system.

Secondly, prevent any federal government raiding of our funds. Get it somewhere else, this is our money, not the U.S. government, immigrants or any one else not contributing to the system.

One argument given once: These freeloaders come over here and have nothing. Unacceptable. Many of us worked hard. Immigrants of the past came here to work and be free, learn English as well as American life, including paying into Social Security. Through working hard as many of us try to do, they can earn those benefits just as we did. Anyone, regardless of religion, race, or creed, who can work, should do so to earn these benefits. This will make for a very stable benefit program for all. And, this will increase those benefits with continued contributions and ... make better benefits as we all get older.

Return Social Security to the people, the people who really make the system. Then Social Security will truly be the benefit program, as it was originally designed to be.

Robert T. Joseph, Jr.

New Hampton

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That's a very superficial understanding of what happened

To The Daily Sun,

E. Scott Cracraft, get a grip on yourself.

I'm not one of your college students who is impressed by your rhetorical devices. The subject we were discussing was theology, not science. The Sun has your column and my letter archived so don't change the subject and try to BS your way out of it. Are you an ordained minister? Do you have years of Bible school training?

You challenged the validity of the deity of Christ. You presented theological arguments that do not follow logically neither from the history of the church, nor an understanding of the scriptures. Sir, what you did was to take your very superficial understanding of what happened and asserted as you said, "My ignorance is just as valid as your knowledge."

Get off of your high horse sir and take your own advice. Or in your mind are college professors above having to practice what you preach. It takes a big man to admit that he is wrong. Are you that sir? Or are you just hot air?

John Demakowski


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No thanks, I will stick with party that works for all our citizens

To The Daily Sun,

To answer or not to answer that was my question. I am talking about Don Ewing's letter in The Laconia Sun on April 9 referring to a letter I wrote regarding the N.H. Republican House of Representatives vote to discontinue Medicaid (expansion). Despite the fact it is covering health care for almost 40,000 New Hampshire residents that never had health insurance before it is working both by keeping people healthy as well as its economic impact.

Hospital emergency rooms have seen significant savings, which points to the fact that these newly insured are now going to doctors' offices as their first line of defense just like those of us who have been fortunate enough to have health insurance.

In just one paragraph of his long, uninformed letter he stated, "If you believe all of Trombi's and her fellow travelers' predictions of doom and gloom, then tens of thousands of us should have died of starvation, cold, lack of medical care, accidents from bad roads and bridges, etc." So yes Don, they won't be dying from lack of medical care now.

There are any number of programs started by various presidents that continue today that have enormously impacted the greater good which include Social Security, the interstate highway system, Medicare, Medicaid, and the Affordable Care Act.

As far as your offer to me and other Democrats to join the Tea Party, no thanks. I will stick to the one I know that has accomplished and governs not only with critical and thoughtful thinking but works for all citizens' young and old alike and for those who truly need the help of government where in most circumstances because of a blip in their lives need short term help be it the loss of a job, illness, mental health challenges, and or learning disabilities.

Paula Trombi


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Don't want to be left with consequences

To The Daily Sun,

Moving to New Hampshire 17 years ago provided the opportunity to live a more desired lifestyle. My husband and I both have stressful, demanding careers and living in a rural New Hampshire community gave us the balance we sought. We love the mountains, lakes and wildlife that surround us. While we have never been politically minded, nor did we want to be, issues involving our town compelled us to take a closer look and get involved.

Industrial wind turbines are targeted for our town. Monstrosities that would tower nearly 500 feet tall. These projects will decrease property values, change the landscape, destroy our beautiful ridge lines, pollute the watersheds, displace wildlife and kill birds. Most recently, the northern long-eared bat was put on the threatened species list. The industrial wind turbine project would infringe upon their habitat. Can we afford to lose an entire species? Do people realize how vital bats are to the environment and the balance of nature?

How can this happen? Well, these corporations have been subsidized by the federal government with our tax dollars to promote sustainable energy. Industrial wind turbines in the Northeast are not sustainable, and studies have indicated this time and time again. However, our representatives in Concord are not listening. This has prompted my town and several other communities in New Hampshire to pass a Rights Based Ordinance (RBO). This declares our right to local self government and puts the rights of the people over the rights of large corporations.

The RBO is based on our state Constitution. Citizens have rights. We don't want to be bullied. We don't want to be left with the consequences of failed projects, projects that have not proven to be even close to providing sustainable energy. They have only proven to cost an exorbitant amount of taxpayers' money with the energy being exported out of state and the profits stuffing foreign companies' pockets. I urge your readers to get involved. The future of our beautiful state is at stake. Don't allow corporate greed to take over our local communities and do irreparable harm.

Sue Ozkan
CARE Group


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Those of us who believe in reality & facts will just keep countering

To The Daily Sun,

Danger alert. The aliens with their tinfoil hats and crooked antennas are back. They are again flooding the letters pages with more hatred, lies and outright deceit.

It is troubling to read their vile, offensive and vitriolic attacks. They are trying to scare us into believing that we are in imminent danger from so very many sources, here are but a few of their favorite bogeymen:

1. Lesbian and gay people.

2. President Obama.

3. The poor.

4. Nuclear annihilation.

5. Their imagined loss of religious freedom.

6. Hillary Clinton.

Their anger (or is it paranoia?) is very transparent. They are bold and audacious. What are we to expect next? Will they bring other aliens to earth and release them from their pods to spread more lies? Should we build bunkers to protect ourselves against the impending disasters they believe are imminent? Should we stockpile food and water if we should have to hide away for a very long time? Are they going to give us enough warning when we have to "take cover"?

Or better yet, do those of us who believe in reality and facts just keep countering their fairy tales and fear mongering? The world is not coming to an end. The lesbian-gay-bisexual and transgender community is not a threat. Most of them whom I've had the pleasure to know in my long lifetime are productive citizens, living their lives in a caring, kind way. President Obama can hold his own, and keep on doing the right thing for our country. Our religious freedoms are firmly in place and maybe the Lord will one day show the "Chicken Littles" that they don't have to worry.

Hillary Clinton will be nominated for president and will be able to counter all of the arguments of those with a tenuous grasp on reality.

As to nuclear annihilation, we must ask this very important question. Do we really want to end all civilization on this planet earth with a few nuclear bombs or do we want our leaders to keep negotiating? Even that noted non-pacifist Winston Churchill said that it is "better to jaw, jaw, than to war, war." Remember the last time a president decided to blindly go to war based on fantasies and self-constructed falsehoods? We're still paying the price and will be for a long time.

Bernadette Loesch


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