Why did I bother to live the pru­dent life I did?

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Opinion -

THERE has been much dis­cus­sion re­gard­ing re­tirees and what they could pay for, their own health costs and so forth.

I am 72, worked un­til I was 68 and I am on a part pen­sion like many other re­tirees, sav­ing the tax­payer many mil­lions of dol­lars in not pay­ing a full pen­sion.

I worked for more than 30 years with­out the ben­e­fit of su­per­an­nu­a­tion so had to work in many re­mote places in hot, hard con­di­tions with­out the many very good con­di­tions now pro­vided.

And yes, my taxes went to­wards pay­ing pen­sion­ers with­out me or any oth­ers I knew at that time com­plain­ing about pen­sions and ben­e­fits for re­tirees.

Be­cause I stuck at it and was for­tu­nate enough to be healthy, did not waste my money on smokes, al­co­hol, gam­bling and I saved and raised my four chil­dren, (who are all tax­pay­ers now), I would have thought this would al­low me some peace and ben­e­fit in my re­tire­ment.

Now it is ar­gued that I, and oth­ers like me, sell off my house to pay all health costs.

I do not know why I both­ered so much to do what in days gone by was thought to be the right thing.

I should have smoked, drank and gam­bled then I would not have a prob­lem of sell­ing my house and would get a full pen­sion.

Maybe all the dis­cus­sion just refers to politi­cians’ ben­e­fits in re­tire­ment and their homes. Name and ad­dress


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