Help for the Homeless
In the Feb. 14, edition of the Urban Tulsa Weekly, there was an article about each of the three projects the three county commissioners were most passionate about. The reporter did an excellent job.
However, one fact taken out of context could be misleading to a lot of people. It was reported that the county had been on a cost cutting mission the last couple of years. A fact that was highlighted was, "To tighten the reins of government spending, the county eliminated funding to a program offering meals to the homeless."
Many Urban Tulsa readers probably don't know that Tulsa County has a family shelter. The shelter is a refuge for families down on their luck who have no place to stay due to, for example, eviction from a rental property due to loss of income sometimes for several months. The shelter has a cafeteria. The residents pay nothing for three meals a day. They also usually are given some articles of clothing (often new).
The program that the Urban Tulsa Weekly reporter talked about was the practice of allowing anyone in need to eat in the cafeteria, even if not a resident of the family shelter. This was what was cut by the social services director. It was an extra service beyond the mission of the family shelter. (An "extra," if you will that our social services director did out of the goodness of her heart with the approval of the commissioners.)
The cut of this "extra" may have made the county look coldhearted. As we all know, the Salvation Army, John 3:16 Mission, and other agencies provide free meals to those in need. The County Family Shelter serves a different need.
(Fred Perry is the Tulsa County commissioner for District 3.)
Listen Up, Whippersnappers!
All I ever hear from Mika Brazinski, co-host on MSNBC's Morning Joe, is "cut entitlements."
She sounds like a Republican lap dog, a pee-wee Ann Coulter.
It figures because she makes more than $50,000 a year.
That makes her a Republican who only wants tax cuts.
Here are some reasons why entitlements should not be cut nor the age limit increased:
1. Fat cats should pay payroll taxes on ALL income, not just the first $108,600. This would cover the Social Security shortfall.
2. Payroll taxes should be increased to cover the Medicare and Medicaid shortfall because the employer and the employee both pay for those taxes.
3. We old folks have paid into Medicare since 1965. We've earned it.
4. Cutting our COLAs will cheat us out of what we have helped pay.
5. We "golden oldies" are burned out, rusted out, and cancered out at 60-plus years so that is why we take Social Security at 62 and don't get 20 percent of it.
6. Nobody wants you when you're old and gray. Nobody wants to hire you when you are over 50 because they know that is when your body breaks down and you begin costing them higher insurance premiums.
7. It is sexist to say "cut entitlements" because a majority of those who get them are women. The men have died off or run off with a younger woman.
8. You may be in our old shoes someday.
9. Without Social Security and Medicare, 46 percent of us Okies would be living in poverty. I have worked from 16 to 73 years old and have paid in to Social Security for 57 years.
10. Medicare paid for my breast cancer surgery, chemotherapy, mammograms, hormone suppression, and continuing checkups with the surgeon, oncologist, and radiologist. Without it, I'd be six feet under.
11. We need our COLAs to cover our insurance -- dental, Medicare Plus, Medicare drug benefits -- which always goes up.
--Virginia "Blue Jeans" Jenner
P.S. I'm 73 years old. I am a retired dental hygienist who has carpal tunnel in my right arm and hand from cleaning teeth for 50 years, always without medical insurance or a 401(k) or paid vacation. I should be marching in the streets but I'm too old.
Bush Did It Before It Was Cool
(re: Letters, Feb. 21-27, 2013)
I would like to address Joseph Dupont's letter. He made allegations that were simply not true. Although during the Bush administration it was considered unpatriotic to question the president, it really is okay today because many of our rights that were taken away during that time have now been restored.
He spoke of due process. On Oct. 17, 2006, the Bush administration suspended habeas corpus. Many people disappeared off the streets and were imprisoned with no due process, lawyer or family, and no charges. On Sept. 11 the No Fly list was started. It had 16 names. By November it had over 400 names.
As far as insurance goes, the companies are being forced to cover people who in the past couldn't possibly get insurance because of preexisting conditions. Now these people can see a doctor rather than go to emergency rooms like the ones in Dallas and save taxpayers' money. As far as retirement, thank God for Social Security and Medicare!
Joseph certainly does NOT understand what the American Indians have had to go through or are going through today! Self-righteous rants like the one he sent in are absolutely useless. Why doesn't he get off his duff and go do something for someone? He can try doing it anonymously; maybe for once he might have something good and positive to contribute. Maybe he'll find some solutions to the problems he complains about.
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