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Government charity starts at home

Posted: October 26, 2008 6:49 p.m.
Updated: December 28, 2008 5:00 a.m.
 

As we grow older, none of us can be certain we won't find ourselves at some point needing assistance to help us pay the rent, mortgage, utility bill, medical bill or some other bills that come up. Senior members among us are struggling to do just these things. Many are on fixed incomes. Others simply don't have the means to meet the basic needs.

While this may sound extraordinary, it can happen to anyone: lots of unemployment, layoffs, the death of a spouse or family medical emergency without the insurance to pay for it.

What we need is another hospital or medical center in Santa Clarita. The city is growing by leaps and bounds. What will happen to the next generation as the war in Iraq and in Afghanistan is costing billions of dollars every month? Charity begins at home first. Think about us American citizens, such as Katrina victims. Think about us veterans in hospitals or ones that have been killed. Think about how seniors are struggling to live hand-to-mouth, just existing on the face of the earth with this lousy economy.

Some time ago our Congressmen gave themselves raises of $3,000, but they can't afford a little more in Social Security. Pass the Notch Bill that's been pending for some time now. Some system we have. Why can't our government provide devastation assistance to older Americans, instead of pouring millions of dollars into Wall Street or overseas?

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