Letters to the Editor

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Tag: senior citizens

Feb.
24th

PAY: Minimum wage hike will impact seniors

Re: “Fix poverty with minimum wage? Not so fast” (editorial, 2-23).

Entry-level minimum-wage jobs were never intended to pay family living wages. However, they do provide an entry point into the job market that allows individuals to gain experience pertaining to the responsibilities of holding a job – efficiency, punctuality, reliability, etc.

Anyone with a modicum of ambition should be able to move beyond the entry-level pay grade without our government stepping in and increasing their pay grade for them.

Simply put, increasing the minimum wage without a commensurate gain in productivity only results in inflation. Consumers will have

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Dec.
19th

MULTICARE: Keep offering beneficial health program

For seniors in East Pierce County communities, the holidays brought a notice from
Multicare Health System that the Celebrate Seniority enhanced fitness classes would be discontinued.

These classes were offered in community centers and accessible without long drives. We attend at the advice of our physicians. Regular suitable exercise improves our health, maintains our capacities and allows us to continue to live at home. Over many years, we have become small, mutually supportive communities. We do not have ready alternatives that are designed especially for seniors as old as we are.

Our members are customers of Good Samaritan Hospital.

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May
9th

BUDGET: No more cuts to home-care services

A hamper full of laundry and a grocery bag: Two common household items that seem easy enough to empty or fill. Easy enough for people who don’t need long-term services and support.

As a home-care aide, I provide vital services for seniors and people with disabilities – people whose laundry requires special treatments and whose dietary needs can’t rely on whim, but require careful planning.

The current state Senate budget proposal for the 2013-2015 biennium would cut funding for home-care services, including laundry and shopping. Some lawmakers believe – wrongly – that volunteers will come fill in to help my

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April
15th

BUDGET: Senate plan would hurt needy people

The state Senate operating and capital budgets proposed in the past two weeks would cut housing, health care and child care for vulnerable citizens in these ways:

• Eliminating the Aged, Blind and Disabled program.

• Cutting state homelessness programs by 52 percent.

• Increasing the number of people experiencing homelessness during the 2013-2015 biennium by 20,400 more people.

• Drastically cutting a variety of safety net programs like Temporary Assistance to Needy Families and Working Connections Child Care.

• Significantly cutting the Housing Trust Fund

While an education-focused budget for K-12 and higher education will help solve many of

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March
8th

SENIORS: How about a fee break for runs and walks?

Organizations that sponsor runs and walks should make some consideration for seniors who need the exercise to maintain a healthy lifestyle. How about a minimum entrance fee and a signed waiver that would eliminate sponsors’ liability responsibility?

One of the benefits of this would be the opportunity to help the seniors and the sponsor’s cause, most of which are health-related. The interaction of seniors and the others would be socially beneficial to all concerned. Hopefully if one group starts this program, others will follow.

I am 80 now but still do walks and ride an adult trike. I did the

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Jan.
30th

BUDGET: Protect the state’s most vulnerable

Legislators in Olympia need to make protecting vulnerable individuals a priority. They need to follow the will of the voters and implement Initiative 1163, which has been passed twice in three years.

The initiative protects seniors and people with disabilities and enables folks to stay in their homes versus having to be placed in expensive nursing homes. Washington voters have spoken loud and clear: Protect our most vulnerable and implement I-1163.

Feb.
18th

TAXES: Seniors could use Eyman’s help

I totally agree with the letter submitted recently about a tax break for seniors. Fixed income is exactly that: fixed. So why can’t other things be “fixed”?

My husband and I have thought many times about ways seniors can be assisted. The big one is why can’t property taxes be reduced or frozen when seniors reach 62? Why should seniors worry about being able to stay in their homes because everything keeps going up except their income? That’s ridiculous.

I know the state has the exemption for low-income seniors, which is helpful but it’s not that easy to

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Feb.
15th

SENIORS: Higher costs hitting fixed incomes

In the past week, we have received three bills all having increases in amount owed, with no increases in our benefits from the creditors.

Our home insurance increased 24 percent since last year, our utility bill and cable/Internet bills increased substantially, and property taxes are up 4.37 percent. The cost of auto fuel has increased 38.3 percent over last year.

We understand that we can control some of our expenses by turning down the heat, using less water, changing to basic cable and Internet, but that is not the entire point.

We are senior citizens, on fixed incomes. Because of

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