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BE GRATEFUL FOR DISABILITY BENEFITS

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I've chosen the patriotic season of the year to write some words of thanks to the government for the welfare programs that so greatly benefit me and my fellow disabled Americans.

Medicare and Medicaid pay for most of our medical needs, enabling us to get by on the standard monthly check of $435. Many welfare recipients receive something extra from Social Security or from personal employment, but for those of us who don't, food stamps can pay for most of each month's groceries.For years, the state of Utah has voluntarily added a little extra to the monthly checks that go to its citizens. Although it's true that the state has just cut the amount from $5 to $1, it makes up for it by providing a standard utility deduction of $150 per month in calculating its food stamp allotments. Most of the state's disabled can pay much less than this in utilities but still legally qualify for the deduction.

In my opinion, we who receive these graces are in our government's debt. Let us therefore take to heart the counsel of our previous president and use our abundance of time to serve society voluntarily, each according to his power.

Marc C. Iverson

Salt Lake City