To the Editor,

I love math and numbers, but these numbers are upside down. 2019. like 2018, will see a 2.8% raise in Social Security benefits.

The year before, no raise. But even if you add 2.8%, every year, for past 5 years, that would be a 14% total increase. How come there is no jumping for joy? Maybe cause Medicare monthly premiums increased double of the S.S.I. increases, a 28% premium increase!

A former C.P.A. office had an embnoidered , framed piece on its wall that explained this new math to me: "The Lord giveth, and the government taketh away."

Gloria Harmon, Waxahachie