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Reader's view: Legislature should improve conditions for senior citizens

Congratulations to Gov. Mark Dayton and Sen. Roger Reinert on their new budget. Now is the time to get serious about our senior citizens. I understand the new budget contains several funding cuts to essential health and human services. Why?...

Congratulations to Gov. Mark Dayton and Sen. Roger Reinert on their new budget. Now is the time to get serious about our senior citizens. I understand the new budget contains several funding cuts to essential health and human services. Why?

For example, if AEOA's Meals on Wheels program for seniors and those with disabilities is cut any more (and this appears possible) many seniors and disabled persons may be effectively thrown out on the street. Many may have to go to nursing homes, which will be much more expensive for them and the state, simply because they won't have access to regular food.

So many programs for seniors and the disabled that relied on state funding assistance have been cut. It is disgraceful. Just take a look at our senior centers. They don't -- and can't -- do anything anymore, it seems.

This is a plea. Our governor and state Legislature can do so much to improve deplorable conditions for seniors and the disabled. Instead of putting all their attention on social issues like same-sex marriage, which may be important, they can help us. They can please give seniors and the disabled some attention, too. We need it.

Douglas McKillop

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Duluth

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