US systems, society is on the decline

Sept. 9, 2012 at 4:09 a.m.
Updated Sept. 10, 2012 at 4:10 a.m.

Editor, the Advocate:

I do agree with Mr. Strickland's letter printed two weeks ago. The Welfare-Medicaid program was meant to be for the disabled, unable to work with no self financial support. This is fair. Today, there are some on the system that walk well, drive very nice automobiles and could work. Unfair. The system has too many loop holes.

What about our government providing grants and other financial aid to some students coming to the U.S. from other countries? Is the United States supposed to educate the world? My late husband and I worked hard to put our children through college. During one of last semesters, we needed just a bit of financial help. We applied for a government grant. Guess what? Denied. We made too much. I guess we made 25 cents over the limit. We made the graduation on our own. I'm still thanking God today.

Four years ago, we were promised a health plan with affordable insurance. Four years ago, my Medicare supplement insurance was $172 a month. Today, four years later, the same insurance has increased to $340 a month. So I'm still waiting for the affordable.

I've seen so much decline, not only in government, but in family traditions. How often do families gather at the table to enjoy a simple home-cooked meal? This is so important. No time? There seems to be time for everything else! Everyone is in a hurry.

The United States is still the best of all. I'm 80-plus years of age and have witnessed much, good and bad. Today there is too much focus on more and more money, along with greed. Our leaders need to follow the traits left by Presidents Roosevelt, Eisenhower, Truman and others. They led and kept this country together with wisdom, pride, justice, honesty, honor and faith in God. Some of you are saying, "Hogwash; too far back in the woods." No, I don't think so. I'm proud that I lived during those years. Now I am able to make comparisons of yesterday and today.

Edith Brewer, Yoakum



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