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SENATE PAY RAISES SHOW DOUBLE STANDARD

I would certainly appreciate hearing what criteria is used in determining the Senate pay increases amounting to 3.1 percent. Apparently, the senators set their own guidelines and always vote these pay increases immediately following elections.

My recollection tells me Social Security increases are determined by the consumer index -- less than 2 percent this year. Why would Senate pay increases be calculated by a far different formula that includes private industries, employment costs, etc.? This so-called complicated system definitely works in their favor.

It appears that we continue to live under the double-standard system.

FRANK R. MARKWORTH

Amherst

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