Letters to the Editor

The hearing was held on January 6.

The January 6 committee hearing on the coup is now in its eighth meeting. So I get it, don’t let Trump run for president in 2024. If Congress focused on issues like the border crisis, gun laws and answers to the cause of inflation, I think they would actually do things that would make the country better. This committee is doing nothing but dividing the country further and tarnishing our image in other countries of the world.

– Tony Maschini, Scituate

The heat wave of 1911

For 11 days during the summer of 1911, the Northeast was engulfed in a heat wave. Horses fell in the streets, children did not wake up from their naps, tar bubbled in the streets like hot syrup, the grass turned to dust and the leaves of the trees fell. Temperatures reached 103 in Portland, Maine, 104 in Boston, Vernon, Vt. 105 in, and 106 in Nashua, NH, estimates put the death toll at 2,000. Global warming? Not a chance! It was simply called the season. The green energy zealots weren’t out to shame us and sell us on the degrowth movement bent on turning America into a third world nation.

— Donald Houghton, Quincy

Trump’s actions

Just received your article from the Associated Press describing the January 6 investigation. They go on and on about how Trump did nothing to stop the demonstration that day. Always ignoring that he told people to protest peacefully and respect the capitol! Remember, this is a Hollywood-produced Democratic commercial aimed at preventing Donald Trump from running for president again. Recent polls say only 11 percent believe fake news networks, it should be less! One-sided justice is not justice!

— John Koster, Woburn

social Security

How many people know what the law of “temporary income” is? This is a law written in 1984 that sets a limit, once met, that your Social Security benefits can be taxed. Interestingly, your Social Security benefits are subject to a COLA based on inflation in your monthly benefit, but the limits set in 1984 at which your Social Security can be taxed have never been increased. The way the law is written is that the limit will never be adjusted for inflation so the limit will never increase. Your Social Security benefit is used to calculate the limit, and as people’s benefits increase over the years, more people exceed the limit and their Social Security benefits are taxed.

I have written to my representatives and senators and they have shown little interest in amending the law to adjust the cap for inflation. So when we get the COLA in 2023, which should be huge, and your Social Security benefits increase, if you sit “on the edge” of the threshold, don’t be surprised if the government asks for some money back. Is. Taxes and net result negatively affect your benefit amount.

All in all, Seth Moulton realized this problem and introduced a bill to raise the cap as well as extend Social Security beyond 2035 when Social Security is about to run out of money.

– Paul Coglia, Billerica