We must take better care of our retirees
Father’s and Mother’s Day. We visit them with gifts. But we have completely forgotten their reality.
They are living on an average $10,000 annual pension. That, and their Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are all they have to live on since retirement. That could have been 20 or 30 years.
Trillions have been spent on everything except their well-being since they’ve retired. The SSI cost of living adjustment was inadequate for today’s financial situation.
The stimulus checks were heaven sent for all of us. But for seniors with huge medical expenses, a quick fix doesn’t help.
A permanent monthly increase for seniors earning less than $50,000 can be pro-rated to their income. It would be a lifeline that would preserve their quality of life.
NASA and many others spend endlessly. They look at the stars. How does that help seniors?
During the Depression, whole families, including grandparents, lived in flats meant for three. We are slowly trending back to that substandard way of living.
Our government must help those that have been left behind.
They are too proud to ask for help, and we are to blind to the inevitable future for them.
Charity starts at home. It’s about time we face reality and make that simple statement true in America.
Government and religion go together
The Gazette on July 7 featured two opinion essays (“Court whittles away at rights of accused” and “Heart of the praying coach case was based on myth”), which criticized the Roberts Court’s failure to defer to precedent.
Like the Roe v. Wade, and NYSRPA v. Bruen decisions, the courts’ findings on public prayer and the Miranda precedent relies on the actual text of the U.S. Constitution.
In the mid-20th century, the Supreme Court, seeking to right perceived inequities, scorned the plain text of the document.
In Miranda, the Warren Court held that a suspect questioned in custody was presumed to be coerced. The Fifth Amendment does not address police interrogation but rather specifies, ”No person … shall be compelled to be…witness against himself.”
There is nothing with respect to an affirmative warning.
In the Bremerton School case, the court found that the school had prohibited Mr. Kennedy’s free exercise of religion, which is expressly forbidden in the plain text of the First Amendment.
In 1802, Thomas Jefferson referred to such a wall, but nothing in the Constitution limits public prayer or constructs a “wall” between church and state.
To the contrary, in 1788 several states had state-sponsored religions, and public prayer by public officials was an everyday occurrence.
In 1947, in Everson v. Board of Education, the court refused to prohibit public transportation of students to religious schools.
The concept of an agnostic Constitution is a product of the godless left and belongs back in the communes of the 70s.
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