Letters to the Editor - Jan. 28

January 27, 2012

Senior center amenities can be provided by other sources

To the editor:

I’ve been following the progress of the new N. Linn Hendershot senior center with great interest. A number of stories and editorials have been written outlining the proposal, each listing numerous justifications for a new $5.85 million county building. 

There is no doubt a senior center is a popular proposition in a county with 30,000 elderly residents. After all, during a recent forum on the subject, audience members were asked if they wanted a new senior citizen center and most raised their hands in favor. How democratic. I wonder if the audience members were asked if they would like to pay for a $5.85 million center?

In the last year, we’ve been subject to the tea party shouting for smaller government and less taxes while at the same time telling government to keep its hands off Medicare. The response from the political left has been the Occupy Wall Street movement. Their outrage has been focused at the rich receiving government bailouts while simultaneously asking for their mortgages and student loan debt to be forgiven. All the while the national debt clock ticks upward exponentially. 

Where are the responsible leaders? In a county with a majority of Republican legislators, where are the conservative principles? Who’s willing to tell the 30,000 seniors it isn’t the government’s responsibility to entertain them with free lunches and bingo.

Our seniors deserve an honest assessment of their challenges. The majority of the benefits provided by a senior center can be provided by family, local church, and volunteer organizations. Our legislators’ top priority should be funding the crushing financial health care burden that comes with 10,000 Baby Boomers turning 65 everyday. 

Is a multimillion dollar senior center really the best use of our precious tax dollars?     

Charles Martin
Frostburg, Md.

Handling of nonrefundable application fee upsetting

To the editor:

I went to view an apartment for rent earlier this month. I really liked everything about it, so I told the president of the company who was showing me the apartment that I would like to have it. Without any hesitation, he said that I could have it. He told me he would hold it and I was going to pay him in February.

After that, he got an application out of his truck for me to fill out, which I thought was odd since he had already said I could have the apartment. I gave him the $30 only because he had given me the apartment and I was so happy about that. I couldn’t afford to pay $30 for nothing, which is what I was doing, but I didn’t know that at the time.

So, I filled it out that night at my home and took it out to their business the next day. He wasn’t there. To make a long story short, I was informed by two other employees there that I couldn’t have the apartment because my income was too low.

Who are they to say that? I have lived here 18 years in the same house and have always paid my rent. But now it’s in foreclosure, so I have to move.

Who’s to say that people who have a higher income than I will pay their rent? 

I think the president of that company lied to me just to get my $30 and might be doing the same thing to other people, and he should really be ashamed of himself.

Also, the other two employees told me that they wouldn’t give my $30 back, and that’s what really upset me. How do they stay in business? I hope it catches up with them.

Linda Stevens

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