Modesty is supposed to be a good thing. In most polite society and as a matter of religious tenet, modesty is something to strive for -- a virtue. But that's only in the context of definition number one in most dictionaries. There's a second definition that gets applied to amounts or levels reflecting that one may be relatively small when compared to others.
It is definition number two that The Wall Street Journal uses to describe the level that beneficiaries of the Social Security Administration can expect in their next cost of living increase. The word from the SSA is that the monthly benefits now being paid to about 64 million individuals in Ohio and the rest of the country will rise by 1.7 percent in 2015.