April 10, 2013 at 8:19 AM
Obama’s ‘good-faith compromise’
Social Security and Medicare cuts are necessary
We, as a nation, have to make some tough financial decisions. To balance our collective budget and stop deficit spending, changes to Social Security and Medicare benefits will be necessary [“White House: President’s budget is a ‘good-faith compromise,’” front page, April 6].
We cannot continue expecting our government to provide services we are not willing to pay for. In addition to increasing the retirement age, options include greater reductions for those with greater wealth, who are less reliant on these programs.
Threatening to replace elected officials who are charged with making these decisions on our behalf is irresponsible and counterroductive. To maintain our collective financial health, I support responsible changes to Social Security and Medicare programs.
Shireene Hale, Friday Harbor
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