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SOCIAL SECURITY DOESN’T KEEP UP

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When I went into the service, I was making $72 a month as a "nurse" at a hospital. I went into the service, making $12 a month. When I returned, I received $300 as an amount to tide me over - until who knows when.

I had been paying for the benefits of Social Security since I passed out hand bills to homes in the residential areas for the Western Union Telegraph Co. in about 1934. There was no understanding then that it was a desired thing to save all the extra income we had to take care of our retirement years.I discontinued the telephone service two to three months ago to try and drop my monthly "house" costs to below 81 percent of my income. I'd need about 65 percent more - and I might still be classified in the poverty class to be accepted by society today. We could use some present and future foresight by Social Security.

The amount of cost-of-living increase I shall receive next year is being determined right now. Last year we received 2.6 percent - is that what you received in your paycheck last year?

W.A. Merrill

Salt Lake City