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Blythevllle (Ark.) Courier Newg - Saturday, January 14, 1967 - Pagg Three IN 1966, WHAT WAS THE MOST MEMORABLE EVENT IN YOUR BOOK? IN OUR BOOK, EVERY GREAT EVENT BECOMES LIVING HISTORY AGAIN It's a big, handsome, colorful, lavishly Illustrated, 238 page volume, produced by the world's largest news gathering organization, The Associated Press, of which this newspaper is a member. Not just another annual-there is nothing else like it. THE WORLD IN -ONLY $391! You can obtain it for your library through this newspaper at the bargain rate of only $3. Also the 1964 and 1965 issues, as long as. they last. Just fill out and mail the coupon with your remittance to the address given. To THE WORLD IN 1966 BIytheville Courier News Box 66, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Enclosed is $ Please send .. of The World in 1966 at §3 each to , copies Send gift certificate to same .. • If still available, also send The World In 1964 • The World in 1965 The Torch Is Passed ($2) • The Warren Report ($1.50) ,'••»••«••••••••••••••••••••••»•••••••••••••••* Social Securi By JOHN CUNNIFF AP Business News Analyst NEW YORK (AP) If the Social Security minimum benefit is raised to $70 a month, as President Johnson proposed, many recipients in that category will receive bigger checks than they had earned while working. This presumes a continuation of present Social Security scales, which apply the minimum payment to those whose average yearly earnings after 1950 were less than $800. At the present minimum of $44, these people receive $528 a year. Under the Johnson pro- wsal they would be entitled to $840. Small and inadequate as these lenefits might be, they illus- rate the gradual but tremendous change that has taken ilace in the concept of Social Security during the past three decades. As originally stated, Social Security benefits tied to the amount paid into the fund while the individual was working. This idea has been dropped. Benefits now are based on average earnings. Since it was established three [ecades ago, Social Security has leen interpreted differently al- most year by year as knowledg grew, personal needs and socia demands hanged, and politica pressure became more or lesi insistent. Originally, workers who re tired at 65 were eligible. De pendents and survivors wer< then added to the list of recipi ents. Limits on retirement earn ings were liberalized later. The disabled began receiving bene fits in the 1950s, and coverage was extended to farmers ant other self-employed. Now we have medicare, and some members of both major political parties want to see benefits tied to th» rising cost o living. To pay for these benefits most of which fall below minimums for a decent life am must be supplemented from savings, other income or private pensions, the tax on payrolls iias been steadily increased. Originally, each employe am employer paid $30 a year into the fund. In 1966 this had risen to $277.20. On Jan. 1, the tax rose to 4.4 per cent of the firsi $6,600 earned, or a total 01 5290.40 from each employe anc employer. Johnson did not disclose de- ails of his proposed increase in benefits. To make such an in- | • " ^ ~ 4||| ft Hal Boyle j| NEW YORK (AP) — A glance 1 careful pecks on the cheek by at me calendar reminds me that 1 three homely secretaries. next month I'll be 56 years old. What other blows can man- tind take and still endure? The prospect of being 56 inevitably inflicts philbsphic thoughts on a fellow. Reaching that age may be a lollow victory, but it is still a victory. A majority of the hu- You figure it is rather foolish to get short-winded bending over tying your shoelaces when they now sell shoes that don't need shoelaces. Every time you wear a bow tie you feel devilish. You decide it is easier to leave your bifocal glasses on all man beings who have teemed ] day than to waste your strength the earth never lived to be 56. j whipping them on and off. Once you go beyond 55 you are getting into winter territory. Tou have an instinctive realiza- ion that there's frost ahead. It aits you somewhere inside like IB blow of a mammoth hammer. You have to face up to the fact that in many ways you are definitely over the hill. This has a glad as well as a sad side. It is pleasant to know that you are still young enough to run for le presidency, if your country should call you, but too old to lave to run for a post in the local P-TA. There are other erosions and compensations at 56: You no longer have to read the morale messages the, boss lins up on fee company bulletin ward. The doctor has a pretty defi- nifo Mas urhaf c TOrnnff with vnn It occurs to you now and then that William McKinley and Calvin Coolidge have never been really fully appreciated. You abandon any idea of growing a beard because you know it would come out all white. When you see a fellow go up the stairs two at a time you realize the world will never run 3Ut Of fools. It is a matter of quiet pride that you are married to a woman who doesn't wear a min- skirt. It worries you terribly if one of your enemies falls ill. What a gap there'd be if there weren't any old enemies left to keep your spleen healthy. You secretly agree with most of the things your wife says, but you'd rather die than admit it to ler. Vnn ran Avnress most nf vonr crease, however, would require jor political philosophies. still another boost in the payroll j Both parlies are fully aware of the merits of Social Security. Some see dangers, Some fear tax. Thest increases have made the Social Security tax second in even that it is undermining size only to the income tax. As'some basic values of personal of now — before any income tax thrift and responsibility. No pol- increase — it represents 17 per cent of all federal tax collections. This brings us to the point where one of the hottest arguments of all is raging. The dispute is over whether general revenue funds should be added to the pool. Perhaps unfortunately, most arguments over Social Security have been imbedded by politics 1 responsibility. No politician can ignore it, however. Twenty-three million persons now receive benefits. There are 19 million citizens over 65 and millions more close to that age. Many millions more are directly, often financially, concerned with elderly relatives. And most of these people vote. * * * President Johnson's present proposals will be like turning up the flame beneath the pressurs cooker, in which most Social Security dialogues are conducted. Already the congressional debate is reheating. It had never fully cooled. Last fall, shortly before the 1966 elections, Johnson made known his desire to raise benefits this year. Feeling votes were at stake, the Republicans came back with a plan for immediate action, but no legislation resulted. That kind of pressure — the pressure of time—is off now. But a lot of steam is still going to escape in this session of Congress. eJu ear Let Them' Talk ii V an and you know pretty well what's j own opinions about the world wrong with him. You enjoy ex-' changing symptoms. If you donate a pint to the office blood bank, everybody tells you that you are a hero — something you've known for a long time. On your actual birthday you get 27 get well cards and three with a clearcut grunt. At 56 you lose any fear you ever had of second childhood. In your heart of hearts you realize you are still in your first childhood, that nobody ever really grows up inside, and that life is always a kindergarten — but a worthwhile one. DEAR ABBY: My wife's widowed mother has made her home with us for the past 22 years. She was not a built- in babysitter for our children, neither was she a servant. (Fortunately we have always had help.) I will not say my wife and her mother got along "famously" — they had their differences, but my wife always deferred out of respect. I never interfered. Lately my mother-in-law's mind has been affected, and her health is failing. She has made such a madhouse out of our home that our teen-age children can no longer have their friends over. My wife and I have discussed putting her mother in a fine rest home, but my wife's only worry is, "What will people say if I send my own mother away to be cared for by strangers?" If you have a comment on this, I would like to see it in print. SILENT IN EUGENE DEAR SILENT: Elderly people who pose a problem in the homes of their children, should, for their own sake as well as for their children's, be cared for in a rest home, if possible. Of all the reasons for refusing to send her, "What will people say" is by far the poorest. DEAR ABBY: I am the secretary of a man who employs 22 people. He planned a dinner party at his home to honor a retiring emloyee and he set the date for Friday. One woman spoke up and said if the party were to be on a Friday he should postpone it until after the first of December so everybody could eat meal A few others j o i n e d in and agreed with her. My emloyer and his wife entertain graciously and I am sure they would have made ample provisions for those who couldn't eat meat on Friday. (Maybe they planned on serving fish to everyone for all I know!) Anyway, my boss was so disgusted he abandoned the idea of the party, and he and his wife entertained the man alone and bought him an expensive gift.. Now the employees are miffed. They feel that the boss promised them a party and he "cheaped out." What is your opinion? GIRL FRIDAY DEAR GIRL: I think your boss was unfair to have punished all the employees for the boorishncss of a few. Now those employees who wish to pick a bone with him, have their choice of fish or meat — any day in the week. DEAR ABBY: The letter written by "RECENT WID- OW" could have been written by me for I am also a recent widow who resents being given condolences in public places by people who never got around to sending me a note or paying a call. But I would have added this: What on earth is wrong with people who say to a grieving widow. "Well, Annie, how are you doing?" I fight the urge to reply, "How would YOU be doing if you were in MY shoes?" How mucii better it would be if these thoughtless people would just take my hand and say, "I am glad to see you." When they ask me how I am doing I want to break right down and cry. NOT DOING VERY WELL CONFIDENTIAL TO "HURT MOTHER", Don't ask your son to make a choice between his wife and you. If you've raised him right you'll lose. Remember Pay Your Paper Boy Cut Your Taxes! LIBERAL TAX RULES FOR THOSE PAST 65 Astrofy * Forecast igical By CARROLL RIGUTER Co determine your lorecast, now paragraph opposite dates whicll Include yonr birtn date. SUNDAY GENERAL TENDENCIES: This is a Sunday when your spiritual life can be greatly satisfied and enhanced by the services or studies that bring you the greatest amount of solace, and by which you can best plan the future so that you have the insight to live by the Golden Rule and other fine precepts In which you truly believe. ARIES (Mar. 21 to Apr. 19) Meditation can reveal to you how to be more attuned to the Infinite Power of health, success and harmony. Go about your work in a most quiet and knowing fashion. Show that you have charity in your heart as well TAURUS (Apr. 20 to May 20) Your companions have the right key to more success in social activities, so be sure to contact them. Get out socially and meet Interesting, worthwhile person-, alitiei. Come U • very good .11,'NaucBt Syndicate. Inc. understanding. GEMINI (May 21 to June 21) This is a good day to contact and you get excellent favors, good will. Tell others how you would like to have conditions around.you, then work together to improve. LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 2) An ideal day to make your home more charming, neat and to show others that you are very efficient. Planning week ahead is good so that you are in a position to assist others as well. Be sure to build up your health in P.M. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21) Follow your own inclination today and find respite from wor- higher-ups for ideas that willjries that are bothering you. Be help you to get a new start toward greater things in the new week. Approach them diplomatically. You can better both credit and career. MOON CHILDREN (June 22 to July 21) You have to try a new tack if you want to clear up existing problems intelligently. You have fine intuitive flashes that are most helpful. This is also great for helping you to zoom forward in your career. with congenials. A good dinner at a fine restaurant could be very pleasant with some person you admire very much. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21) You want to improve conditions around you but be sure to do this quietly and without loss of temper. You now j best bet for support you need now. Social avenues are good for advancement, too. Keep busy and be happier. MON CHILDREN (June 22 to July 21) Permit that bigwig you know to assist you With problems you do not seem able to cope with. Improve your career. Make excellent contacts tonight socially. Be charming. LEO (July 22 to Aug. 21) If you follow good suggestions of One of your bet days to make individuals whose background a fresh'start to gain the ad- has been different from yours, vanced course that is essential you can advance more quickly to your progress and develop-[now. Studying with them in a L \r_.. —„„ AAniltt wtiL-ji Hit* nneitiwa facViinn one who has practical ideas is good. PISCES (Feb. 20 to Mar. 20) You can reach personal aims and have a marvelous time as well this Sunday. New personalities come into your existence that are very worthwhile. Buzzing around socially will just work wonders for you. MONDAY GENERAL TENDENCIE 5 : ment. You can easily make big headway in exploring a course that can bring you much closer positive fashion. VIRGO (Aug. 2 to Sept. 22) You can carry through with to your mental ambitions and j agreements to the letter without can see the future with real'those around you interfering so clarity. ARIES (Mar. 21 to Apr. 19) Have no fears and carry much. Then you get ahead as your planets, you begin new week feeling that you can do almost anything you set your mind to, and your recreation time can be ideal. You have excellent skill. Use it wisely. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 20) Concentrating on what you can do to make home life far more successful and harmonious will pay big dividends in the near future. See to time payments that give you more security. Entertain at home instead of going out so much. AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 to Feb. 19) You are thinking very clearly today but you first have to plan what you are going to do and then act decisively. Sit down with partners and discuss what should be done. Then combine efforts wisely. you want to. Be sure to pay I PISCES (Feb. 20 to Mar. 20) important bills. Be harmonious through with whatever plans of i with mate in P.M. a constructive nature you have LEO (July 22 to Aug. 21) your choice can be most inspir- You know what must. be done | ing and give you incentive you ' ' need for this new year. Contact very interesting personalities later. Have a most fascinating time. AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 to Feb. 19) Don't be blind to all the fine chances around you to gain greater abundance. This will give you an opportunity to help others more. A conference with out loss or temper, i ou now a constructive nature jwu nave have perplexities clarified with!made and you get desired re- little trouble. This can be a]suits, returns. Making new al- very productive day and night, j lies via the social path is good CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. --- 20) Getting out to services of tn achieve greater happiness or success with mate, so don't be lazy and sit in that comfortable chair. Romantic life can improve greatly, also. Show that you have both vitality and wisdom. VIRGO (Aug. 22 to Sept. 22) Concern yourself with being helpful to bigwigs around you in P.M. Be a little more aggressive. TAURUS (Apr. 20 to May 20) Conferring with experts privately can open up a new and more successful vista for you in the weeks ahead. Several such are within easy reach. Get busy and set up appointment — keep it on time. GEMINI (May 21 to June 21) Good friend who really understand your position and have your interests it heart art your LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22) Clever associate!! will give you You must to have a far more practical outlook if you are to take advantage of the fine opportunities all around you now. suggestions which, if understod i Listen to what a successful per- correctly, can be most helpful. You want new allies, also, but be sure they are the right ones. Know exactly what their motives are. SCORPIO (Oct. 2S to Nov. 21) With all that work ahead of you, be sure you start early and carry through with energetic enthusiasm. Avoid complicated methods. You get excellent results if you talk over certain operations with fellow workers. SAGITARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21) If attuned properly to son has to say. Then use approximately the same methods. IF YOUR CHILD IS BORN TODAY ... he, or she, will be one of those very brilliant youngsters who can get ahead by own ingenuity and natural intellect. There is also the ability to take established businesses, ideas, and modernize them sufficiently to extract far greater profits, and this will be recognized and appreciated by higher-up* quickly. By RAY DE CRANE Newspaper Enterprise Assn. Senior citizens — anyone who reached his 61th birthday by Dec. 31, 1966 — receive several important advantages on their annual income tax return. 1. Insted of the normal $ personal exemption accorded all under-61 taxpayers, senior citizens receive two $600 exemptions. If husband and wife are each 65 or older they receive a total of four exemption credits. 2. Full deduction for all their medical expenses, including all their drug bills, is allowed. This is the last year for this special privilege (Beginning on 19G7 returns — filed a year from now — those over 65 will bs treated like all other taxpayers. Then, only medical expenses exceeding 3 per cent of adjusted gross income will be deductible and drug expenses will be considered only after ixceeding 1 per cent of adjusted jross income.) 3. Profit is tax-free when ceeds $20,000, there is a major they sell their home for $2,000 or less, regardless of how much profit was made on the sale. Even when the selling price exceeds $20,000, there is a major tax saving. This is a once-in-a- Ilfetime election. (Details of this feature were explained in an earlier chapter.) 4. A joint retirement income credit is allowed which could exempt, in effect, and additional $2,286 in income from tax at a 15 per cent rate if husband and wife are each 65 and they file joint return. In another option, each one can compute separate credits beginning with $1,524. And here's a $60 tip for some lucky senior citizens. Your age is determined on the daybefo re your birthday. So if you celebrated your birthday on Jan. 1, 1967, you are considered by Uncle Sam to have been 65 on Dec. 31,. 1966.. This entitles ou :o two $600 exemption credits on your 1966 tax return. DON'T BATTLE WITH YOUR INCOME TAX The BLOCK Arm/ U well- trained to do battle for you! After a private discussion with you, we'll generally save more than enough on your tax to pay our low charge. Don't fight itl l*t BLOCK! ! GUARANTIS ! 1 guarantee accurate preparation of «wry tax ftturn. If m mak* any inon thai coil you any puwtty or inferwt, vrt will ppy lh» ntnalty of lnl»r«it. America's largest Tax Service with Over 1500 Office* 117 SOUTH SECOND ST. Week Days !) to !); Snt. & Sun. 9 to 5 - Pli. I-MSt ...... NO A1T01NTMENT NECESSARY f ^. f _

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