Letters to the Editor

Letter: Senior concerns

October 10, 2013

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To the editor:

Many thanks to the six elected officials who joined nearly 50 participants at the legislative forum on issues of concern to older Kansans (co-sponsored by the Douglas County Coalition on Aging, Kaw Valley Older Women’s League and Lawrence-Douglas County Advocacy Council on Aging) on Oct. 2. 

It is alarming to see funding cuts adversely affecting local mental health services, food programs and the Lawrence Senior Center, and we oppose the governor’s decision to block the extension of Medicaid expansion to thousands of Kansans who are not currently insured.

Legislators need to take the needs of older Kansans seriously. Currently, nearly 20 percent of all Kansans are over 60. By 2030, the figure will be 25 percent. Cutting services means hurting seniors — and many others as well, since we all need good jobs, housing, transportation and education.  Programs that help older Kansans also help parents who struggle to raise children while helping their own parents. All Kansans, and especially our legislators, should support restored services for older adults. 

Comments

Cait McKnelly 1 year, 6 months ago

Dear Paul Ryan:
You are welcome to cut Social Security and Medicare BUT, if you do so, I want EVERY SINGLE PENNY I paid into that system for the past FORTY FOUR YEARS, INCLUDING graduated, compounded interest as it's charged by the IRS on past due tax debts. You are welcome to deduct what has been paid to me in the past two years since my retirement, because I can guarantee it's not a drop in the bucket compared to what's owed me.
Sincerely,
me

Leslie Swearingen 1 year, 6 months ago

It behooves each and every one of us to deal with the reality that is, not the one we want. Whether it is fair or not, according to our perception, is irrelevant. Sit down and make out an actual budget and a plan of action. Talk with close friends and family members as to the best ways to perhaps combine resources.

Make friends with someone from a third world country and get some survival tricks of the trade so to speak.

Cait McKnelly 1 year, 6 months ago

In other words, look for Kansas and America to become a third world country. Got it.

George Lippencott 1 year, 6 months ago

Not all seniors share this concern Some of us are afraid we will be taxed out of our homes to provide services to others

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