Letter to the Editor: Not a give-away
BY William Hess, Tulsa
Thursday, December 27, 2012
12/27/12 at 3:01 AM
Webster's Dictionary definition of entitlement:
"1a: the state or condition of being entitled: right b: a right to benefits specified esp. by law or contract 2: a government program providing benefits to members of a specified group; also: funds supporting or distributed by such a program 3: an organization (as a business or governmental unit) that has an identity separate from those of its members ..."
Nothing in the definition suggests that an entitlement constitutes a give-away or an unearned charitable benefit. Hence, retirees should not take umbrage at the use of the word to include Social Security benefits. A person might be hard pressed to think of a better word.
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