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Taking on the ‘fixed income’ crowd

May 17, 2013

To the editor: I’ve heard it, you’ve heard it, and you may have even personally stated it at a council meeting....

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May-17-13 6:53 AM

Brevity is the soul of wit!

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May-17-13 12:16 PM

The unexpected costs of raising children pales in comparison to the large medical expenses that the retired citizens may face. Younger families are generally healthier. Prescription drugs, glasses, hearing aids, hospital and doctor bills are not fixed expenses and can occur at anytime for this group. Medicare does not cover all of the very large and unpredictable amounts incurred by this age group.

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May-17-13 2:57 PM


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May-17-13 4:36 PM

You make some valid points in this LTE. Well written sir.

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May-17-13 10:15 PM

Jim Angiulo, seems you do not understand anything. Well in the next election you will see the poor and fixed income crowd turning out to run this Slick Six out of officce. Everyone talks about a great economy, oh everything is coming back. Well new to values go up, taxes go up, so does everything else except the fixed income families. So until you know what you are talking about maybe you should just take a walk. There will be a push in November and you will see buses bringing people to the polls to bounce this bunch of tax and spend losers out of office.

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May-18-13 8:18 AM

I thought Mr. Anguilo made excellent points. I appreciate the challenges those on fixed incomes experience but I am tired of the "I've got mine, the heck with you" attitude. We ALL experience rising expenses, unexpected costs, fixed or decreasing incomes. The difference is that this select group of people don't want to see the working generation of today experience the same quality of living and secure future that they once enjoyed.

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May-18-13 9:25 AM

You make some valid points in your letter. What gets lost in the pity parade is that most working class people are also on fixed incomes, or even recently reduced incomes. Many have had to change their living arrangements to meet their depleting incomes. So why should that be any different for retired people? If you can't afford what you have then change it like everyone else. The retirements enjoyed by many today won't be available to many future retirees but they are supposed to take the hit for current retirees? I don't think so, so make the needed choices now before it gets worse.

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May-18-13 3:39 PM

Well, apparently unlike everyone else, we're doing just fine, thank you. We listened to our Great Depression parents, made a plan and followed it, never bought what we couldn't afford, saved for the future, paid off the few debts we had when we retired and we're doing just fine, thank you. I could explain why people are in trouble, but for most folks it's gone way beyond fixing.

JJSully, as for your unprofessional, bitter, unhappy comments, I doubt we'll have to wait five minutes at the polling place IF we even bother to vote in this useless, meaningless local election. It's the SOS, just a different day/election.

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May-19-13 5:22 PM

Hey Hey folks. We are all in the same pot. We are all trying our best to meet whatever is in store for us. Get real. Stop blaming each other for whatever has happened to any of us. We are where we are because WE followed the path that has led us here. No on is to blame for anyone else. Get real.

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May-20-13 4:42 AM

Lolita we are not all in the same pot. Some of us saved for the future. Some of us lived within our means. Some of us did not value ourselves based on square footage or type of car. Some of you bought what you couldn't afford, spend what you could not pay, spoiled your kids and TO THIS DAY are screwing your neighbors so your spoiled worthless kids can have a great inheritance. YOUR lack of planning should not constitute an emergency for everyone around you!

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May-21-13 3:00 PM

I wish I could say that my income is fixed, but the City continues to propose more and more decreases. I make less now than in 2007, yet costs continue to rise. At least those on SS get COLA's.

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May-23-13 9:00 PM

Hey Chett you make less and so do millions of other Americans who do not live in Cape Coral, Fl..

Chett while you were not looking your dollar has been buying less for about 30 years.

However if you worked for a government agency or municipality you received guarantees bas on CPI (cost of living index).

The fools that work for private sector have no guarantees. You couldn't have cared less and didn't.

More changes coming for you and now a lot of us couldn't care less.

Welcome to the pot. KEEP PADDLING!

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