Having read Jonathan Weisman's Feb. 24 front-page article comparing proposals for shoring up the Social Security system, I suggest using a doughnut approach for subjecting wages to Social Security tax.
First enact a modest increase in the wages subject to Social Security tax, such as moving the ceiling from $90,000 to $105,000. Then declare all wages between $105,000 and $1 million to be exempt from Social Security tax, but begin taxing wages again at $1 million and above. This approach would alleviate the burden that the Social Security tax places on small businesses.
ARLENE M. STEIN
Richard Cohen thinks that President Calvin Coolidge would not have approved of President Bush's Social Security plans ["Silent Cal's Lesson," op-ed, March 3].
He's probably right. It's unlikely that Coolidge, a champion of small government, would have approved of Social Security at all.