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Response to Froma Harrop on Social Security


Editor:


From the beginning, Ms. Harrop’s piece misleads the readers. She claims legislators and citizens say social security is a drain. The truth is, legislators have been robbing Social Security for years and they and the citizens know it.


She claims raising the income cap would solve the problem. Hello, it would not bring in enough AND you’d have to stop mis-spending the money in the first place.


She also says that its “nonsense” that social security is in “dire” trouble. And that the treasury will pay back the money it has “borrowed” by social security taxes paid now. Oh and of course, she blames the Bush administration for making bad suggestions.


She goes on to spout more liberal gibberish, but the point is made, ALL IS WELL, which of course, it is not.


While the blame lies at the feet of both parties, there are things we can do to fix social security. First, STOP stealing from the social security trust fund. Do this by once again seperating it from the general fund.


Secondly, Start paying back the social security fund (and not from current monies coming in). How this would be done is someone else’s job.


Third, revisit and reform who gets benefits and what others should be funded by different current programs. This will not be easy and there will be those who oppose it, but if you want to fix it, this MUST be done.


So there it is. Believe in a made up feel good story or get to work and FIX social security.


— Frank Gilbert, Fairborn

Open letter and plea to Col. Cassie Barlow


Editor:


As the host city of Wright-Patterson, Fairborn has always been a “military town” and we take great pride in “our” base. But that special relationship is now strained by the devastating decision to close a vital part of State Route 444. For the first time in my nearly forty years here, I hear negative rumblings about what WPAFB has “done to” Fairborn.


Perhaps you are not aware of the awful impact this closure has caused? If not, please travel down Kauffman Ave., Broad St. and surrounding areas. You will see many abandoned businesses and blight. Even the namesake Credit Union, located here for more than eighty years, moved its headquarters — and the hundreds of jobs that go with it - out of Fairborn.


Simply put, Fairborn is dying. We now have the highest poverty and crime rates in Greene County. Without the links that 444 provided to the Base and the region, we remain without hope.


Unfortunately, our city is - and has been for quite some time - utterly devoid of leadership. From our City Council to our state representatives, we have been failed. They raised no objections when this disastrous plan was hatched. Indeed, they promoted the closure as “the best thing to happen to Fairborn since the road went in.” Our woefully misguided City Manager actually said that at a March 27, 2012 public forum. As we sink into the abyss, they worry about bike paths and remodeling city offices. Clearly, we can’t rely upon such officials to bring serious concerns to your attention. So I was compelled to write this, imploring you to reverse course, re-open the road, and give Fairborn a new chance to survive!


Although the Fairborn Daily Herald does not publish letters signed by multiple authors, many citizens share my concerns. Will you help us?


Every Base Commander enjoys the respect and support of Fairbornites, but you have a unique opportunity to save our town. Please do so! Thank you for your time and your service.


— Karen L. Comb, Fairborn

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