Letters: Social Security, Barbara Bush, speaker ethics

Protect Social Security with new plan

I was inspired to run for office this cycle because President Trump was going to shake up Washington, and we need to elect more leaders from outside the political process to help. We can’t drain the swamp by electing the same career politicians over and over again.

One of the biggest problems facing our country is that Social Security has a $7 trillion dollar shortfall that must be addressed or it is going to go broke. Unlike like Rep. Klint Kesto’s characterization of my plan in a past column, I believe we must protect our seniors and protect the promise of Social Security for those who have been paying into it for years.

That’s why my idea is to keep the system as it is for anyone in the system or nearing retirement. But if you’re younger like I am, there should be different rules. The current age is 67. I propose a gradual raise for young people so that over the next 20 years the age will reach 70. We live longer. We are healthier. We should build a system for the 21st century, not continue one designed in the 1930s.

Lena Epstein

Republican candidate,

11th congressional district

co-owner, Vesco Oil Corporation

Rest in peace, Barbara Bush

Barbara Bush was the matriarch of an American political dynasty. She was the second American to be both the first lady and mother of a president. She was very sweet.

She was an energetic advocate for volunteerism, including causes such as homelessness, AIDS, the elderly and school volunteering programs.

Born Barbara Pierce, she is a distant relative to Franklin Pierce, the 14th president of the United States.

We will remember Barbara Bush as a great first lady and political matriarch always and forever. Barbara Bush, RIP.

Paul Bacon

Hallandale Beach, Fla.

The lobbyists likely lobbied

Speaker Tom Leonard takes an all-expense paid trip to jolly old England in the company of lobbyists. When the sojourn is revealed, his office issues a statement that he was not lobbied during the trip. If these lobbyists are still under contract to those clients, I find it hard to believe they didn't fulfill their assignments. If you believe it, I have a bridge to sell.

Carmen Sarotte