Readers Write (June 9): Meg Tuthill, senior discounts, Kao Xiong, Michele Bachmann, Mark Ritchie

  • Updated: June 8, 2013 - 4:43 PM

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Tuthill right to stand her ground vs. DFL

The DFL Party is disappointed with Meg Tuthill because she wants to let the voters, not the party, decide who should be the Uptown area’s Minneapolis City Council member (“Tuthill seeks Mpls. council re-­election minus party nod,” June 4). She previously said she would suspend her campaign if she lost the endorsement, but now she has changed her mind. I applaud her decision. The voters get to decide on their council representative — not the party or the dozens of party activists. This is the way it ought to be.

COREY SEVETT, Minneapolis

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Some need the benefits others could give up

I thoroughly agree with Steve Berg that it’s time we give something back to the younger generation (“Do seniors deserve that discount?” June 2). Years ago, I thought it would be good practice to give up my Social Security to provide future income to my children and grandchildren.

Perhaps now it’s time to give up some of the increases to those who need it. A good pension fund and savings have provided a wonderful retirement for me and my family. Truly, I’m grateful, and would be happy to receive lower increases in Social Security, just as I have to do when my annual income means that my Medicare costs go up. There are many who can afford it.


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Berg states that most of us are doing OK. Speak for yourself, Steve. While I may be managing, I cannot afford many “perks” such as eating out, attending the theater or going to a happy hour, and neither can many of my friends.

I know there are many older seniors who can barely afford to buy groceries. I do agree that wealthier seniors could, and should, take a cut in Social Security, as they obviously don’t need as much as others.

Senior discounts? Not a big deal. But please don’t leave the public with the impression that all seniors are doing well.


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