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A different set of standards overseas

Jane Brooks

I am writing regarding Jane Stebbins’ column, “Livin’ the easy life,” SDN June 25.

So why do you go each year on the 4,852-mile trip that isn’t either fun or relaxing?

Maybe it is the same reason we Yanks constantly support the European countries by paying more than our share of the United Nations bills, helping those countries out of every war and lend, lease and loan gifts galore that are never repaid, on and on while our citizens work long weeks and days and years on end without time off, health care or paid vacations!

And how do the Europeans repay us? They kick us in the teeth any chance they get, they get the best of any balance and they come to the U.S. and work for 10 years, collect Social Security and have their checks sent overseas, while as a retired teacher, I cannot even collect Social Security as a spouse because I have a small (and I mean small) teacher’s pension.

Do we continue to”turn the other cheek” as we have always done and work harder? I guess so.

We need to continue supporting European-paid vacations, beautiful parks, free college, universal health care now that they have become accustomed to that standard of living and we have become accustomed to ours.

Jane Brooks


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