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Shame on City Hall for ignoring senior citizens

Posted: June 26, 2008 2:15 a.m.
Updated: August 27, 2008 5:03 a.m.
Thank you, Diana Sevanian, for your informative column about the home-delivered meals program for our valley's seniors ("A main course for senior survival," June 8, 2008) and the great need for additional funds to continue to feed these poor house-bound souls.

On the second page above Diana's column, we are informed that the city will spend $25 million for a new sports complex, including but not limited to a new BMX track, new skateboard park, and so on.

"The city works hard to develop and implement value-based programs ... as well as excellent recreation, social and cultural activities for youth, adults and families," a city official is quoted as saying.

Wow! Don't see seniors mentioned here. How much has the city set aside to rehab the Senior Center? How much has the city budgeted to help the home-delivered meals program?

How much has the city invested in providing decent housing for our valley's seniors? Very little, even considering the (additional) $50,000 the council OK'd on June 10.

Why? Quite simply because the city doesn't care about those poor souls. After all, they are retired or working for minimum wage to supplement their fixed incomes.

Their bodies are giving out. Their buying power is decreasing, and after all, they aren't as vocal. There aren't thousands of them converging on City Hall demanding their fair share of the budget pie.

It seems that the city is hard-pressed to provide value-based programs for seniors. I guess they don't count.

Shame on our city government, shame on our City Council for not putting these people on their priority list. Shame on us for allowing this to happen!

The last time I looked around, there were many other people in this valley besides children. Seniors, singles, marrieds without kids - and yet our city's focus is on kids.

Let's weigh this together ... feed homebound seniors, or build a new skate park? Support extended care for those seniors unable to return home after a hospital stay, or build a BMX park? Recreational versus survival.

I used to believe we could do both - that we could provide recreation for our children and a decent life for our seniors - but apparently we can't with the current standard in our city government and planning.

Enough is enough. It's time we share the budget with all of our citizens, and in case city government has forgotten, that also includes the population over 65.


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