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Is Taxing Social Security Fair?
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Is Taxing Social Security Fair?

Dear Rusty: Taxing Social Security benefits isn’t fair. It would benefit everyone if seniors could earn as much as possible without having their Social Security taxed. We would still be paying into Social Security which would help the fund. I also feel that all people earning over $100,000 should pay into Social Security because they can afford it. This would help fund Social Security without hurting anyone financially. Many seniors are struggling financially and should be able to earn as much as we can without a portion of our Social Security being taxed.  Signed: Overtaxed Senior Dear Overtaxed Senior: Few would argue that paying income tax on Social Security benefits is fair. Nevertheless, Congress enacted taxation of Social Security benefits in 1983 as part of...
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How comparing Medicare plans could save you money

Medicare Open Enrollment is here. Now’s the time to review coverage and select a plan that meets your health care needs.  (Family Features) Medicare’s Open Enrollment period gives everyone with Medicare the opportunity to make changes to their health plans or prescription drug plans for coverage beginning Jan. 1, 2022. Don’t delay, the Open Enrollment period ends Dec. 7.  Comparing Plans Can Be Easy Medicare plans can change year to year – even your current plan may be changing. Medicare.gov makes it easy to compare coverage options, shop for plans and feel confident about your choices. You can do a side-by-side comparison of plan coverage, costs and quality ratings to help you more easily see the differences between plans. If you choose a new plan for 2022, you can enr...
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Managing grief during holidays

(Family Features) The holidays, as well as birthdays and other celebrations, are often difficult for anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one, particularly during the first year of adjusting to life without them. The holiday season may result in a renewed sense of grief, especially as well-intentioned individuals are encouraging those who are grieving to participate in traditional festivities. While there can be joy in being together with family and friends, the holidays can also bring feelings of sadness, loss and emptiness. For those who find themselves struggling with grief during the holidays and other celebrations, consider these ideas from Remembering a Life, an online resource from the experts at the National Funeral Directors Association. Talk About Grief Gr...
Violet Bell to visit Muncie in November
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Violet Bell to visit Muncie in November

Photo courtesy of Pruis Hall. Blending pop sensibilities with classical chops and folk traditions, "Violet Bell puts an avant-garde twist on traditional roots music" (INDY Week). This "elegant marriage of strings and vocals" is "delicate yet powerful," (Encore Magazine) breathing new life into the traditional Americana sound. By blending pop sensibilities with classical chops and folk tradition, Violet Bell breathes new life into the traditional American sound. Come enjoy this unique blend of music as Violet Bell comes to Pruis Hall on Saturday, November 6 at 7:30 p.m.! Tickets for Violet Bell are currently on sale at the Emens box office, online at Ticketmaster.com, or by phone at 765-285-1539. Whether performing as a duo or quintet, Violet Bell has captivated audiences in both ...
Indy Arts Guide: Your guide to visual arts gallery exhibitions
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Indy Arts Guide: Your guide to visual arts gallery exhibitions

Photos courtesy of the Indy Arts Council. Left to right: Samantha Ortiz, Kyle Ragsdale, and Martha Nahrwold at the CCIC.Detail of "Al Aire Libre" by Justin Favela."Posts and Landscapes" by Marc Jacobson."When Everything Was Rainbows" by Madiha Siraj. Sometimes the heart calls for contemplative moments. Alone, in silence or surrounded by people, we can search for meaning through spending time with visual artworks. Whether you are searching for a quiet moment, a conversation with an artist, or want to enjoy a night at the gallery, Indy Arts Council has you covered. They’ve put together a special version of Indy Arts Guide to help you navigate the visual arts in Indy right now: exhibitions on display and events happening involving visual arts. Indy Exhibitions to catch before they l...
Planting flower bulbs: how is it done?
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Planting flower bulbs: how is it done?

Planting flower bulbs consists of several steps. Once you've done it, you will never forget it. Spring-flowering bulbous plants such as tulips, daffodils and crocuses are an absolute joy in the garden. They provide color early in the spring and create biodiversity. But how exactly do you plant flower bulbs? Timing Flower bulbs are planted in the fall, starting from as early as September. Do make sure that your bulbs are in the ground before the first frost. The reason they should be planted in the fall is because the bulbs need the cold of winter to bloom in the spring. Method Planting flower bulbs consists of several steps. Once you've done it, you will never forget it. It's good to know that you can't really get it wrong. Even if you accidentally plant the flower bulbs...
5 Tips to safely celebrate Halloween with your pets
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5 Tips to safely celebrate Halloween with your pets

Ensure your pets' costumes are safe. Once you know your pets are comfortable in a costume, it's important to ensure the outfit allows them t o walk, bark, meow and see without difficulty. (Family Features) Whether heading to a party, celebrating on social media or greeting little ghouls and goblins at home, getting the entire family - including the four-legged family members - involved in the Halloween festivities can be the biggest treat of all. However, it's important to take some precautions to avoid spooking your pets, particularly if you'll be dressing them for the occasion. In addition to keeping your pets out of the candy bowl and tempering their excitement during all the hustle and bustle, keep these tips from PetSmart's resident veterinarian and pet care expert, Dr. Jennife...
Conservatives refute Trump’s election ‘steal’
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Conservatives refute Trump’s election ‘steal’

By Brian A. Howey As a prelude to Donald Trump’s presidency, his adviser Steve Bannon said in 2016, “Lenin wanted to destroy the state, and that’s my goal too. I want to bring everything crashing down, and destroy all of today’s establishment.” A week before Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol insurrection – which ended up costing five lives, three police suicides, 150 cop injuries, and more than 500 criminal charges – Steve Bannon had President Trump’s ear. According to the Bob Woodward and Robert Costa book “Peril”, Bannon told Trump, “You’ve got to return to Washington and make a dramatic return today. You’ve got to call Pence off the f------ ski slopes and get him back here today. This is a crisis. We’re going to bury Biden on Jan. 6. Kill the Biden presidency in the crib.” The r...
June M. Blake
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June M. Blake

Aug. 25, 1957 - Oct. 21, 2021 June M. Blake, resident of Fishers, changed her residence on Oct. 21, 2021 to heaven at IU Medical Center in Indianapolis and entered her eternal heavenly home to live with her Lord and Savior, Jesus. She was born on Aug. 25, 1957 in Calvert County, Md. to Charles and Helen Brooks. Mrs. Blake started her career as a secretary at Prince George’s Speech and Audiology Department after graduating from Fleet Business School in Annapolis, Md. She raised two beautiful daughters as a stay-at-home Mom. Mrs. Blake taught aerobics for Body and Soul and inspired others to keep fit and work out. She later worked as a school secretary at Calvert Elementary, Calvert County, Md. She loved learning and gained her insurance credentials and left Calvert Elementary ...