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Senior Times - December 2016 CROSSWORD PUZZLE
1 Dalmatian’s name, maybe 5 Nocturnal bird
8 Squad
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12 Saxophone range DOWN
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13 Actor McBride
14 Gilligan’s home
15 Deteriorate
17 New Mexico art colony 18 Big Brother
19 Garfield, for one 20 Rhythm partner 21 Pale
22 Chart format
23 Postpone
26 Neckerchief
30 Vicinity
31 Fellow
32 Carolina college
33 Bronx cheer recipients? 35 Robbery
36 Kipling hero
37 Baby blossom
38 Robin Hood protrayer 41 Periodical, briefly
42 “See ya”
45 Libertine
46 Bicycle type
48 Competent
49 Possessed
50 Pealed
1 Long story
2 Trudge
3 Director Preminger 4 Excesively
5 Neptune’s realm
6 Sharpen
7 Cover
8 “Monopoly” card
9 Birthright barterer
10 Lotion additive 11 Disarray
16 Cicatrix
20 Storage container 21 Lacking willpower 22 Salary
23 Rotation duration 24 Historic time
25 Morass
26 Kramden’s wheels 27 Foreman foe
28 Ph. bk. data
29 Pismire
31 Jewel
34 “Ich bin — Berliner” 35 Embraces
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37 Music groups Social Security 2017
By: John Grimaldi
The Social Security Administration announced a three tenths of one percent increase beginning in January. This, comes on the heels of a year when older Americans had to make do with no increase at all.
The National Council on Aging tells us that over 25 million Americans aged 60 and over are economically insecure. The Institute for Assets and Social Policy at Brandeis University puts the level of economic insecurity among seniors at 36%. And the Social Security Administration, itself, blatantly admits that among elderly Social Security beneficiaries, 21% of married couples and 43% of unmar- ried persons rely on Social Security for 90% or more of their income.
Seniors paid their hard-earned money into Social Security; the government didn't put in one cent. They did it so that when they could not work any longer, they would have some- thing set aside that they could use for the essen- tials. But the $4.00 or $5.00 average increase
in monthly benefits they'll receive next year is barely enough to pay for an extra pound of ground chuck in many parts of the country.
Meanwhile, AMAC is also addressing the special needs of poorer Social Security benefi- ciaries in a proposal we call the Social Security Guarantee. It would provide beneficiaries earning a household income of $20,000 or less with an annual COLA of three to four percent. Recipients with incomes ranging from $20,000 to $50,000 would receive an annual cost of living increase of 1.5% to 3% maximum. And, those earning $50,001 or more would collect increases of 1% to 2%.
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Commonest English word Expert
38 “Animal House” group 39 Earring site
40 Christmas
41 Intend
42 Suitor
43 Longings 44 Advantage
The plan would phase in a change, starting in 2017, in the normal retire- ment age by adding three months each year so that by 2024 the normal retirement age would be age 69, instead of the present age 66-67 depending on birth year. Early retirement would still be available at 62 years of age.
It would also adjust the Primary Insurance Amount (PIA) keeping lower income earners benefits the same and lowering benefits for higher income earners.
Another important feature of our Guarantee is an Early Retirement Account as a way for those paying into Social Security to have some control of how the money is invested. It's similar to an IRA or a 401(k) plan. But, in order to ensure that the ERA users avoid risky investments, half of the money deposited in their ERA accounts would have to be invested in guaranteed interest products such as government bonds or annuity contracts. Workers would be free to invest their balances in any other investment that meets certain suitability standards.
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