Goodenough Gismo

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    This is the classic children's book, Goodenough Gismo, by Richmond I. Kelsey, published in 1948. Nearly unavailable in libraries and the collector's market, it is posted here with love as an "orphan work" so that it may be seen and appreciated -- and perhaps even republished, as it deserves to be. After you read this book, it won't surprise you to learn that Richmond Irwin Kelsey (1905-1987) was an accomplished artist, or that as Dick Kelsey, he was one of the great Disney art directors, breaking your heart with "Pinocchio," "Dumbo," and "Bambi."

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Jerry Conover's daughter is a friend of mine here in Denver, and his son, Ted, went to Amherst with David and has written several books, among them "Newjack," about becoming a guard at Sing-Sing

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Just as many - and likely more - wealthy Social Security retirees consider that monthly benefit their due which they would never give up even though they don't need it. I know; I've met them.

I'd like to clear up one point made by the man you quoted: "...retirees, who are considered as unmitigated liabilities who are going to break the Social Security fund."

The baby boom generation and the older generation ahead of them have paid the Social Security benefits of the those older than they throughout their working lives and through payroll tax increases and increases in the salary cap while raising their children, paying for their educations and paying all their other taxes.

In doing so, they have also created the current surplus in the trust fund (there is an easy fix for the future shortfall) and they have done their part for the system and more.

I think it's a fine idea, for those who are able, to give back their excess Social Security benefits. But let's not create pressure on those 80 percent for whom Social Security is their primary old age income. They've earned it.

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