Don’t take benefits on loss of spouse

first_imgSome of us are paying what we did 40-plus years ago by being taxed as single. It’s not our fault, but the government is taking from us a great deal of the money we need to live on. I’m not eating cat food yet.Social Security gets cut also, because we lost our life partner, who each of us helped and depended on with our monetary and everyday needs. That money is now taken away.Our representatives have salaries and retirement benefits that are probably at least eight times more than a middle class retired person’s. I’m convinced they don’t pay taxes, as we the common folk do, due to their loopholes.We are widows and widowers who believe we should get a break from the single tax — maybe 50 percent less tax — because we previously were married. Most of us who can get out do vote.Raymond Charles JacobsSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Troopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stopFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusSchenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicSchenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcy The government says we, the over-the-hill group, have some pull. I hope that’s true. We’ve all gone through a year with an administration that said it was fixing the tax codes for middle Americans. That remains to be seen. I don’t hear a thing about how they will help the widows and widowers. We now get it stuck to us. Due to the loss of our life partner, which we had no say in, we’re stripped of Social Security, a tax deduction and possibly a pension because we are now classified as “single.”  Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Calypsonian “Mighty Composer” Fred Mitchell dies at 83

first_imgThe calypso fraternity was mourning the death of Fred Mitchell, the fourth calypsonian to have died within the past month.“Mighty Composer”Mitchell, 83, better known as “Mighty Composer,” died at the Mount Hope Medical Complex Wednesday where he had been hospitalized for the past two weeks with a heart condition and other health issues.President of the Trinbago Unified Calypsonians’ Organization (TUCO) Lutalo Masimba and TUCO welfare officer Carlton Kerr had called on Trinidad and Tobago to “lift Composer up in prayer”.“We need to pray for him. We want him to recover quickly. I know a number of artistes have visited him,” Kerr said.Composer was a popular singer in the 1960s and 70s with hits such as “Workers’ Lament”, “Supposing”, “True or Lie”, “Black Fallacy” and “Child Training”. He was also a master of ceremonies, comedian, impresario and tent manager.He was also a foundation member of the first Calypsonians’ Association in Trinidad and Tobago and served on the executive for many years.In July, the Emancipation Support Committee (ESC) dedicated a concert titled “Shikamoo – Ancestral Rhythm” to Composer for his contribution to the art form and ESC said that the Swahili word Shikamoo means “I respect you”.Over the past four weeks, Trinidad and Tobago cultural sector has lost pannist Ken “Professor Philmore, calypsonians Winston Bailey, the Mighty Shadow, Winston Scarborough De Original de Fosto and Andrew Marcano, Lord Superior.last_img read more