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Frank Borger

I retired on July 29th of this year.

As of today, I'm still trying to sort out my late SSI payments. One letter stated they should have payed me $xxxx.xx for August but didn't and as a result, owe me $0.00.

My latest letter dated the 24th of October stated they were sending me a check (I'd set up direct deposit) for my September payment, but were "still working on my account" and might want the money back.

The whole case started out SNAFU but has quickly morfed to FUBAR.

The main problem is that the people who programmed the system probably trained on etch-a-scetch. Even one agent was shaking her head at the computer letter stating that I owed them money when I had not received even one check.

R. Davis

Most of the above message is myth and misinformation. You can find the the five supposed promises made by Franklin Roosevelt debunked on the Social Security website at http://www.ssa.gov/history/InternetMyths.html and the five questions about Social Security debunked at http://www.ssa.gov/history/InternetMyths2.html. You can also find information about both of these topics at http://www.snopes.com/politics/taxes/sschanges.asp.

R. Davis

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Seen at low tide

  • American White Pelican
    Saw 30 in one flock on a weptember evening while fishing
  • Hummingbird
    Finally, my first hummingbirds. Saw them on a fire bush in Crystal Beach, FL. My rental's neighbor's yard is all xeriscaped, which is ugly to me but just fine with the little hummers. At first, I thought they were the biggest hornets I'd ever seen.
  • Flamingo!
    One of these dudes flew right over my house. I couldn't believe it. And please don't tell me it was a roseated spoonbill because it was a frickin' flamingo, dude! Huge and pink and right there above me. I was like so freaking out, you know?
  • Falcon!
    Don't see these guys too often. Wish we did. Bet the morning doves don't.
  • Black Skimmer
    These beauties are getting scarce, but one flew by yesterday at low tide on the hunt for minnows.
  • Dead sea turtle
    cool, but smelly
  • Reddish Egret
    These have been hanging out around the pool quite a bit lately. Must be a new group of adolesent birds -- the youngsters like to hunt where the water is clear, and it takes them a day to figure out there are not now and never will be fish in the swimming pool no matter how clear the water.
  • Sand Piper
  • Brown Pelican
    I saw a flock of about 200 of these at Disappearing Island yesterday, just south of Anclote Island on the west coast of FL. Good to see such a large flock.
  • Wood Pecker
    They've developed a sudden interest in the orange tree, which just went into bloom.
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