Since when are Social Security and Medicare considered "free stuff" ("Older, wealthier get plenty of 'free stuff,'" Nov. 14)?

I paid into Social Security for 46 years before receiving a penny and I pay a Medicare premium monthly (when my Social Security benefit went up recently, my Medicare cost rose higher than the Social Security increase — I wonder why that happened?) in addition to my own health insurance.

Columnist Thomas F. Schaller and others who write for The Sun can continue to hammer the right, but, as I continually ask, please be fair.

Lyle Rescott, Marriottsville