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Category: Social services
November 25, 2013 at 7:37 PM

Social Security safety net must thrive to ensure future sustainability

The money comes from profit and retained earnings

Apparently columnist Paul Krugman doesn’t understand where the money comes from to support Social Security [“Expanding Social Security for a better retirement,” Opinion, Nov. 24].

Profit and retained earnings of America’s enterprises are the source of capital investments for property and machinery, the hiring of new employees, the payment of dividends, and interest to stockholders and bond holders, and the payment of taxes.


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May 6, 2013 at 6:32 AM

Social Security disability benefits

Disabilities are not always obvious Many disabilities are not visible and the disabled do not have to be wheelchair bound to prevent them from working [“Free America’s ‘work beasts’ from disability scammers,” Opinion, April 26. It’s peevish to chastise the disabled Froma Harrop surmises are able to work, refuse minimal-wage jobs and prefer to “scam” the government…


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May 2, 2013 at 7:31 AM

Social Security disability benefits

Depression is misunderstood Froma Harrop does not understand the challenge of dealing with severe depression [“Free America’s ‘work beasts’ from disability scammers,” Opinion, April 26]. The mental incapacity of depression is real and sometimes leads to suicide. True depression is not merely a “low mood”; it comes with an inability to bounce back to normalcy. Harrop ridicules…


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March 1, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Work around sequester gimmick

Solutions for ‘unsustainable’ programs? The Seattle Times editorial said that we must consider cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security because the aging of the population has made these programs unsustainable [“Avoid sequester gimmick,” Opinion, Feb. 22]. My question is: And what? We just let them die? Let them starve and turn them away from our…


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February 25, 2013 at 7:01 AM

Efforts to end youth homelessness

Despite vibrant nonprofit sector, Seattle struggles with youth Homeless youth gather for a covered and safe place to sleep at the entrance to the Olympia City Hall just before 11 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. TONY OVERMAN/THE SEATTLE TIMES In a recently published Seattle Times op-ed, the issue of youth homelessness was brought to attention More

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August 2, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Health-care reform: blue dogs, bad habits and high costs

Blue dogs? I’ve got a better name for them Thank you for publishing “Who’s feeding the Blue Dogs” [CloseUp, July 31]. Now that it’s been established these representatives and senators are all bought and paid for by the health-insurance industry, I believe the term “fiscally conservative” can no longer be used to describe them. There’s a more…


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