Letter

Social Security program in Keene

To the editor:

Throughout human history all peoples faced the economic uncertainties of illness and unemployment, especially the elderly and disabled. In America, prior to 1935, persons facing economic hardships, needed to rely upon family members, charity, or went to the poor farm. Today social safety nets relieve the financial hardships that many of our elderly and disabled American citizens face. Social Security provides a lifeline to beneficiaries, families and the local businesses which serve them. Medicare provides the peace of mind for affordable health care amongst our elderly. Strengthening social safety net programs will afford New Hampshire with freedom and economic benefits for all.

This year marks the 79th anniversary of Social Security and 49th anniversary of Medicare. Since the advent of these beneficial programs, poverty rates among seniors have dropped from a 35 percent to roughly 9 percent today.

On Aug. 7 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Keene Public Library, the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare and N.H. Citizens Alliance invites you to join us as Julie Tippens, director of Grassroots and Strategic Partnerships, shares the national perspective of Social Security and Medicare, and how we can make a difference to strengthen these programs. This community conversation will also focus on issues and programs important to Granite State seniors, children and disabled individuals. This is a chance for us to join together and say that we support Medicare and Social Security as it is now. Social Security and Medicare are essential to us, our families and our communities. Protecting and strengthening these programs is critical for our retirement security. Seniors and people with disabilities should have the opportunity to live in dignity and get the medical care they need. We must act now to secure our future.

Michael Salaski

Manchester

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