Letters to the editor on chained CPI, voter fraud, following the money, MacDonald, blessed event

03/15/2013 12:00 AM

03/14/2013 5:41 PM

Chained CPI hurts seniors, women

Women earn less than men. Women are more likely than men to work part time. Women are more likely than men to have gaps in their employment. Women rely on Social Security more than men. Women typically live longer than men. Women tend to receive less in Social Security benefits than men. Women spend more of their income on health care than men do.

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that a “chained” consumer price index would cut Social Security benefits by $127 billion over 10 years. Here is the logic of a chained CPI in a nutshell: When the cost of something goes up, consumers will buy a cheaper item. Essentially, as the price of something falls, the chained CPI falls, too. Social Security benefits will fall in conjunction with the chained CPI. Since Social Security cuts grow over time, Social Security recipients will see their benefits cut further with each passing year.

Can this country tolerate cuts in Social Security benefits to current and future recipients? To further reduce Social Security through the chained CPI would be wrong. For women, it would be unconscionable.

Please tell our congressional delegation to reject the chained CPI proposal, which would put seniors and women in poverty.

ANITA RAGHAVAN

SHARMINI LAWLESS

Diversity Council members

AARP-Kansas

Wichita

Voter fraud real

State Rep. Tom Sawyer, D-Wichita, stated: “Considering the limited tax dollars that we have and a lot of the crimes people are worried about, going after some grandmother who has dementia and accidentally sent in her absentee ballot then went to the polling place isn’t something we should be using taxpayer dollars on.” Didn’t he hear about the poll worker in Ohio who does not have dementia who is charged with voting six times in the 2012 election? Or is it all right to vote six times if you are a poll worker?

My other concern is how many illegal immigrants in this country voted in the 2012 election.

RICH BACH

Wichita

Follow the money

The Bible says that the “love of money is the root of all evil” (1 Timothy 6:10). The modern-day expression might be: “Follow the money” (FTM).

Yes, FTM to find the root of many of our problems today. Here are just a few examples:

Republicans campaigned on closing tax loopholes. But now that we are in the middle of a budget battle, they won’t discuss closing loopholes. Well, FTM. After they “serve” in Congress, many representatives and senators become highly paid lobbyists, and lobbyists created most of the loopholes.

One of the cries on the national level is to do away with the Environmental Protection Agency and its regulations. Yet FTM and you’ll find some of the largest donors to political campaigns are the very ones regulated by the EPA. Some of the loudest noise comes from a local legislator who represents those potential polluters.

In health care we now see it’s the hospitals and their highly paid CEOs who are a major part of maintaining the high cost of health care.

On the state level, follow the money and we find Gov. Sam Brownback pushing a radical political agenda by using incorrect data. A $2 billion error was used in presentation after presentation to show how right they were with a new system that favors the wealthy and hurts the middle class.

BARRY GASTON

Wichita

MacDonald cares

Why should you vote for Guy MacDonald for Bel Aire City Council? Because he is the most honest, caring and humble person I know, and he is open to the opinions of others.

MacDonald joined the Peace Corps after college and taught in Nepal for two years. Today he serves his community on boards and civic organizations. Serving others is the main focus of his life.

He is a longtime resident of Bel Aire, where he and his wife, Pat, raised their family. Very important, because of his experience in budgetary and finance matters while serving his community, he will always carefully review spending of your tax dollars. He cares about you and your family.

MOE TERREBONNE

Vero Beach, Fla.

Blessed event

The Bags of Blessings campaign of Partners for Wichita was a wonderful success. The bags of personal-care items topped 1,600, an increase of 30 percent from last year. Thank you, Wichita partners.

About 45 generous congregations, organizations, groups, families and individuals have reached out in a very practical and caring way to our community neighbors. Bags of Blessings packs held a variety of 14 items in gallon-size bags. The Bags of Blessings have been delivered to 33 serving programs and agencies throughout the county.

A member of a very small congregation spoke of what a thrill it is to be part of such a significant helping effort. One agency said these Bags of Blessings will allow it to meet many of the requests it receives for personal-care kits. The volunteers who did the collecting, sorting and delivering felt blessed by the glad givers and grateful receivers. Special thanks to St. John’s Episcopal Church (the collection site) on Feb. 28.

This indeed was a “blessed event.”

SALLY FAHRENTHOLD

Project coordinator

Partners for Wichita

Wichita

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