MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

Opinion

September 13, 2012

Seniors should make voice heard

— Representatives of AARP believe seniors have earned a say in how Congress deals with Social Security and Medicare.

A group of representatives met with members of the Phoenix staff recently to encourage seniors to voice their opinions to elected officials.

“We knew it would be a big issue for Congress soon after the presidential election. And feedback we’ve received from our members tell us they want to be heard,” said Cheryl Matheis, AARP’s senior vice president for policy.

AARP has set up a website and a questionnaire to help individuals better understand the issues concerning Social Security and Medicare.

The website, earnedasay.org, provides information about possible changes that have been discussed in Congress.

AARP asked conservative and liberal think tanks to provide pros and cons for each possible change. The information is provided to individuals.

“AARP is not taking a position, but simply listening to our members before we take a position,” Matheis said.

The website also will help individuals get in touch with legislators and presidential nominees.

“People have paid into these programs their entire lives, and they have earned the right in having a say in any changes made to the programs,” Matheis said.

We agree.

And elected officials should listen.

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