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Strickland set to discuss Social Security

The Social Security reforms proposed by President Bush have been a hot topic in Washington as well as the nation.

U.S. Rep. Ted Strickland (D-Ohio) will visit the Park Avenue Apartments in Ironton Thursday evening for a town hall meeting to discuss changes to the system.

President Bush has proposed sweeping changes to Social Security, primarily allowing workers to place one-third of their payments to Social Security into a private account which can be used to purchase stocks and bonds. Strickland has made no effort to hide his opposition to the President's plan.

"The President would have America believe that the Social Security system faces a crisis that can only be solved through privatization," Strickland said recently. "Well, it's time for some straight talk: there is no crisis, and any challenges facing the Social Security system in the long-run can be fixed with modest adjustments."

The meeting will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at Park Avenue Apartments at 202 S. 2nd St., in Ironton.