Letters to the Editor

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To the editor:
There is a tax neutral and non-partisan way to continue funding Medicare and Social Security at the current level.
1)  Remove the upper limit of $106,800 for Social Security deductions on earnings. 
2)  Allow an income tax credit for those additional deductions to make it tax neutral.  Then the maximum payment to retirees won’t need to increase.
3)  The extra money could allow a decrease in the percent paid into Social Security and an increase in the percent to medicare which is underfunded.  
4)  Medicare should require means testing for some items such as scooters and other optional “medical” devices.
5)  Other types of income, especially the profits made by playing the stock market (day trading), could also be subject to self employment taxes.
All ages benefit from Social Security now.  In the past, the elderly frequently needed to live with and/or be supported by younger family members.
Which senior relative do you want living with you?  This bit of “socialism” has proven to be a very good thing and I don’t understand those who want to change or destroy it just for ideological reasons.  The scare tactics being used on both seniors and our young are unconscionable.
Mignon A. Craig

To the editor:
   (Response to editor Carolyn Ten Broeck’s column)
I would like to share my local and national experience with “the good.”
I had the privilege and honor to accompany the Williston High School’s FFA Meats Judging Team to the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind.
I have never been with a group of teenagers who were as well-behaved, mannerly and appreciative as this group. They worked hard and were successful in their efforts, coming in 15th in the nation and becoming a Silver Emblem Team.
As the competition proceeded, I had the opportunity to participate in the events among FFA members form each state, as well as Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Not once did I meet an FFA member who was not courteous, polite and willing to interact with the other members and adults.
Attending the first session of the convention brought me to tears when I saw the Conseco Fieldhouse filled with blue jackets, all worn by kids who had worked hard to be in that building. They were joined by supportive families, dedicated advisors and committed businesses  who believe in the power of youth.
I encourage people in this community to be a part of “the good” by becoming an FFA Alumni member—and you don’t even have to wear the blue jacket.
You can also see “the good” in action at the FFA Annual Barbecue Nov. 4, at 5 p.m., in the high school’s cafeteria. Plates are $8. The money will help fund future FFA activities.
Emily King
FFA Alumni member and proud aunt of an FFA member