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  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

  • With some sadness, I picked up a new voter registration form. I'm changing my party affiliation. Both major political parties are held hostage by those whose twisted brand of financial speculation collapsed the world economy.
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  • With some sadness, I picked up a new voter registration form. I'm changing my party affiliation. Both major political parties are held hostage by those whose twisted brand of financial speculation collapsed the world economy.
    The economic security my parents' generation enjoyed has been outsourced. Cash equals influence.
    The cash-rich like Pete Peterson have unbalanced the political process so politicians dial for dollars while promoting "austerity" for those who have the least. Austerity. Sequester. Sensible cuts. Who comes up with this stuff?
    Think that works? Spain now has 27 percent unemployment. Rep. Greg Walden stated politicians were balancing the budget "on the backs of seniors." According to Robert Reich, annual median income of people over 65 is $20,000. The average SSI benefit is less than $15,000. The cash-rich demand cuts to SSI COLA even though by law it can't contribute to the deficit. COLA is under attack in Oregon.
    The state broke a contract with PERS retirees to siphon retirement funds. A good source for this is "Retirement Heist" by Ellen Schultz. When a contract is broken, the sharks start circling. I think we average folks need to stop cooperating with our own economic demise and stop swimming with the fishes. — Joyce A. Woods, Ashland
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