In poll after poll, an overwhelming majority of Americans have told Congress that cuts to Social Security and Medicare benefits are unacceptable, but the message falls on deaf ears. Yes, the national debt must be reduced, but not by cutting benefits for the elderly. Millions of them live on an average of $14,000 per year from Social Security. If cutting health care costs in Medicare is the goal, let's start by giving Medicare the authority to negotiate prices for prescription drugs. Additionally, to raise Medicare revenues lets remove the cap on payroll deductions. This would results in billions saved for seniors as well as the government.

LAURA HARRINGTON

Townsend