'Protecting Social Security'

Being naive and never thinking about getting old, I never gave much thought to our Social Security system, that is, until I received a check for the grand sum of $255.

The money represents burial expenses for my wife of 38 years.

She was 54 at the time of her death and started paying into Social Security as a teen-ager and continued to pay until the time of her death.

I'm at a loss as to why our government can squander billions of dollars for foreign governments while its hard-working citizens end up with next to nothing after working a lifetime.

ARTHUR J. BREZAE

Chatsworth

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