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Colorado Springs Beacon (Newspaper) - January 1, 1989, Colorado Springs, Colorado Senior Beaconia focus for people Over 50 vol9 no.1serving Active seniors by Colorado Springs area january 1989dumping earnings Cap to help Rich and poor seniors alike James b. Gaffney mature life features debate Over the earnings test used by the Federal government to penalize social Security benefits of recipients who continue to work is expected to heat up during the next session of Congress when at least 20 Bills Are expected to be introduced to relax or eliminate the penalty. Critics of the plan have charged that changing the earnings test would Benefit Only a Small number of older beneficiaries primarily those with higher than average incomes. A recent congressional budget office report showed that More than 40 percent of those affected by the earnings test had incomes above $42,000. January 3, 1989, congressman Harris w. Fawell will introduce a Bill to repeal a the medicare catastrophic coverage act. The Bill will not be assigned a number until it is introduced on january 3. Please Call your congressional offices after that Date to verify the Bill number. The letters you have written previously and the petitions you have signed and returned or Are still circulating continue to be of prime importance but we Are requesting the following additional action All seniors must write letters and or Send telegrams to their own congressman and senators in Washington to support this Bill to repeal the act. These letters must be Quot repeal of the earnings test would provide a Windfall Benefit to a Small percentage of older persons least need for additional income and the greatest ability to increase their income through work Quot National Council of senior citizens spokesperson Theresa Mckenna recently told Congress. Quot for Low wage earners the earnings test is no disincentive because they Are unable to work up to the allowable. Quot in an Era of budget constraints Quot spending billions of dollars Quot to give higher social Security benefits to a very Small number of persons with higher than average incomes is not justifiable Quot Mckenna said. A two for one reduction timed to reach the Washington office of each congressman and senator Between january 15. 1989 and january 20. 1989, As Congress returns to session january 23,1989. You May Call Western unions toll free number 1-800-325-6000 to Send your Telegram. More action will follow when Congress returns january 23, 1989. The local Scala seniors coalition against catastrophic act headed by Vern Sladek president of the senior league has collected signed petitions in excess of 4,000 signatures. Many More have been sent in by individuals and other senior groups. The social Security earnings test reduces payments to beneficiaries age 65 to 69 who exceed a certain Anne Brown seniors will have the Opportunity to work one on one with Grade school students in a proposed school District la mentorship program according to Maggie Lopez instructional specialist office of gifted and talented education. Lopez is looking for five to ten seniors to help organize the program next semester. She would like to be ready to match seniors and children who share the same interest next fall. In the mentorship program seniors with a special interest skill or Talent share their expertise with children. The Mentor and child meet approximately once a week for a specified centenarian Cial Security benefits deducted for every $2 earned Over the $8,400 earnings Cap a equivalent to a 50 length of time. Lopez said research has shown that adults who make significant contributions in their Fields frequently had a Mentor when they were children. She finds Quot seniors have so Many resources so much knowledge so Many gifts sitting Many children would like to tap that knowledge to learn More about science math space military history travel and Many other areas. To help organize the program the first requirement is a love of children according to Lopez. Volunteers would also be flexible organized responsible and willing to give time. Those interested in volunteering May Call Lopez at 520-2041.see Story on Page a13 a Bill to repeal medicare catastrophic care act limit. In 1988, recipients who percent tax. The earnings limit in earned Over this limit see $1 of so see Page 4 mentorship program looking for a few seniors United seniors oppose us West s plan to change the phone service to the editor i am writing to remind people Why United seniors of Colorado is opposed to u s West a plan to restructure our phone service. We believe that u s West is unnecessarily linking Rural improvement and measured service a in order to create the appearance of division among Urban and Rural Consumers while sneaking in a Way to charge us All More. Whether we choose to stay on the Flat rate or choose Between the various zones and time blocks offered under the plan our rates senior Beacon moves office because of current growth the senior Beacon office has moved to a new location. We Are now at 4765 Academy blvd. Flintridge at Academy blvd. In the courtyard our phone number and . Box Are the same As before. Would go up measured service was originally masterminded by at amp tas a moneymaking scheme. Their double talking Quot measured service implementation guide Quot published in 1976 states Quot by 1985, nearly All business customers and a preponderance of residence customers will be charged for Exchange service on a measured service this document Calls for the introduction of measured service on an Quot optional Quot basis but includes a plan for increasing the Flat seepage 2 or. Michael Heidelberger at age too still puts in regular 10-hour Days in his Laboratory at the new York University medical Center counselling younger scientists editing colleagues research papers and cataloguing an extremely Complex process of Cross reactions of pneumonia bacteria

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