Letters to the Editor

Cost-of-living raise clearly merited

There are many of us senior citizens living in the Myrtle Beach area who are dependent upon our justly earned Social Security.

In both 2009 and 2010 we received no cost of living increase. This is ridiculous.

Prices of almost everything we buy are going up. Regular gasoline is approaching $3 per gallon, with premium over $3 per gallon. Groceries and household supplies continue to go up.

I like a small 6-ounce cup of yogurt for breakfast, which I used to buy for 31 cents. Then it went up to 38 cents. Now Wal-Mart has re-packaged four of the same 6-ounce cups in a carton for $2, which is 50 cents per cup, resulting in an increase in price of 61 percent. Food Lion reduced the size of its cup from 8 ounces to 6 ounces while simultaneously raising the price. No price increase? I don't think so.

A must-buy for everyone is toilet paper. I bought a 12-pack of big rolls at Wal-Mart for $4 in February. Each roll had 300 sheets per roll, which equals 0.0011 cents per sheet. I went back later to buy some more. Not only had the price gone up from $4.00 to $6.24, but the number of sheets per roll was reduced from 300 to 200. That calculates to 0.0026 cents per sheet for a whopping 136 percent increase. What is one to do? I guess we will have to go back to using corn cobs like our forefathers used to do. But, alas, there are few corn fields in the Myrtle Beach area. And we don't get Sears Roebuck or Montgomery Ward catalogs anymore either.

Senior citizens, wake up. American citizens, wake up. We are being duped not only by our government, but also by our suppliers of groceries and goods. Yes, we need change, but not the change we are getting.

I don't know what government agency determines the cost-of-living increase, but they need to be educated and taught how to properly determine the true cost-of-living increase.

The writer lives in Myrtle Beach.