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Social Security and Sharing Sacrifice

May 24, 1986

Conine conveniently forgets that most Social Security recipients have only three basic expenses: food, shelter and medical, which during 1985 have risen at rates 5%, 7% and 22% respectively.

Why we sit still for a 3% COLA, while in 1986 alone (by administrative decree) Reagan gave us a 23% increase in Medicare hospital admittance expense, is beyond comprehension. Sen. John Heinz (R-Pa.) is to be commended, not criticized, for what he is doing to rectify in some small measure for such glaring inequities.

Minority or not, I would remind Conine that inherently we tend to vote, and Congress knows it. Does The Times intend to give Conine further editorial privilege to organize his own minority?

HAROLD KRIDLER

Carpinteria

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