May 20, 2011: Our readers write

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Un-COLA in 2012
In 2012 senior citizens will receive a small cost-of-living-adjustment; however, the cost of Medicare also will increase, which means seniors will not have received a COLA for three years despite the ever-increasing cost of gasoline, medical services and groceries, etc.
The government has taken a lot more than money from senior citizens. It has taken a piece of their pride, their hope for having a little left over each month to make improvements on their home and other necessities.
And while Congress and the Obama administration decided against a COLA for seniors our president was defending illegal immigrants, which would have cost taxpayers billions of dollars had he succeeded.
The federal government has stolen $2.8 trillion from our Social Security trust fund in an effort to hide the true size of the federal deficit. Every penny has been siphoned off leaving Social Security (now Social Insecurity) on the brink of insolvency.
In March, Gov. Steve Beshear signed into law bills aimed at better protecting seniors from abuse and exploitation by crooks. Beshear said, “We take a step forward in safe guarding our seniors.”
Great politics, Gov. Beshear, but how stupid do you think we are?
We seniors want to know who is going to safeguard us from abuse and exploitation by our government.
Stop the stealing and balance the budget. This theft and corruption must end.
Jerry Cooke Sr.