My positive line of thought is diminishing rapidly as I read our daily newspapers. The evidence being exposed in these newspapers and on TV, show that our society and our country is no longer as safe, free, admired world wide, or as financially secure as it was in the 20th century.
Over the past few years, we as citizens are being told by the federal, state and local governments the how, when and where’s of every facet of our lives. To back up my accusations, who said a severance tax on natural gas in Pennsylvania would yield much less money than an impact fee? Our Governor and the County Seats of our state made this assessment, which is contradictory to the fact that all other states collect severance taxes.
There were mixed reactions on public sewer expansions at a West Branch Regional Authority Meeting. Many retired senior citizens on fixed incomes stated they couldn’t afford a tap-in fee of $4,768. Such an unfair situation should never be placed on the shoulders of our senior citizens.
Then there is the flood insurance subject being kicked around that would be mandatory for home builders or buyers that would cost thousands of dollars a year and up to as high as $15,000 of located in a flood zone.
How about the cost of living allowance for Social Security recipients every year. For 2014, we seniors received a 1.5 percent increase for an average raise of $13.00 a month or $156.00 a year. The average working class Americans received a 2.5 or 3 percent wage increase of $200 a month, or $1,500 to $2,000 raise a year.
Millions of veterans, of which I am one, are included in the 50 million retired seniors on social security. We do not expect or demand raises that would equal the working class of America, but we do resent being thrown only the crumbs, while the policy makers find money for every other group of Americans, including foreign countries of the world, who harbor hatred for the United States.
What kind of payback is celebrating Veterans Day in November, while injustice is being administered to these veterans the other 364 days of any given year? Inequality in the United States is the most severe of all countries and needs to change.
Weldon C. Cohick Jr.