The opinion editorial published Mar. 2 entitled, “Another View: A time to lead” left me angry and rankled on two issues.
I am 67 years old and retired after over 40 years of working. I’m now living on a fixed income, part of which is my Social Security. I am very distressed about the fact that right-wingers consider Social Security and Medicare as nonessential and expendable. I, and my employers, have jointly paid into the federal Old-Age and Survivors Insurance Trust Fund (with emphasis on insurance and trust) my entire working life. The article echoes an increasingly prevalent, extremely insulting and negative implication that anyone collecting SSI payments is a freeloader. I still contribute to FICA through my retirement annuity for my hard-earned benefits. I earned them.