July 2012

When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it--always. 

- Mahatma Gandhi

The newsletter is a bit late this month. 

I took the photo above at Ground Zero when I visited there in February.

Sharing it on Independence Day seemed the right thing to do



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Natural Disaster Planning for Small Businesses
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Is it true that Social Security beneficiaries are being required to receive their payments electronically?
That's correct. On March 1, 2013, the U.S. Treasury Department will stop mailing paper benefit checks. After that date, all Social Security beneficiaries (as well as anyone receiving another type of federal benefit, such as Supplemental Security Income benefits, Railroad Board annuity payments, federal retirement benefits, or veterans benefits) will be required to receive their benefits electronically.

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Is the Social Security Administration mailing out annual Social Security Statements?
The Social Security Administration (SSA) suspended mailing annual Social Security Statements in 2011, but resumed mailing these statements to workers age 60 and older in March. In May, the SSA unveiled an online statement service.

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