Donations for senior trips likely to end

Donations for senior trips likely to end

There are 36 comments on the The Morning Call story from Jun 10, 2008, titled Donations for senior trips likely to end. In it, The Morning Call reports that:

Lower Macungie Township's tradition of funding more than $20,000 worth of trips for senior citizens appears to be over.

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Korea

#1 Jun 10, 2008
Private fund raising. If not all groups are getting $22,000, what is criteria for selection and why this one. It is an issue of fairness, process, and oversight responsibility. Also, is this a priority issue for "government".
aces and eights

Emmaus, PA

#2 Jun 10, 2008
Boy you people in LMT really know how to bend over and take it
yes

Harrisburg, PA

#3 Jun 10, 2008
They should continue to allocate funds to the senior groups. These are people who most likely worked all their lives and should enjoy their golden years.
Joe Somebody

Allentown, PA

#4 Jun 10, 2008
yes wrote:
They should continue to allocate funds to the senior groups. These are people who most likely worked all their lives and should enjoy their golden years.
It's not LMT's residents' responsibility to pay for a senior citizen to go to a dinner theatre or to a garden. Using taxpayer dollars to pay for these recreational trips is tantamount to a crime. I believe the LMT can support a senior center, but not recreation bus trips. Is LMT gonna donate $20,000 to the Boy or Girl Scouts so they can go on trips?? I Think not. LMT Commisioners need to stop funding these trips but keep supporting the senior center. And as far as people working all their lives and needing to enjoy their golden years, it's not the taxpayers responsibility. People need to wake up and realize the gov't is not supposed to take care of you. YOu better plan better for your retirement. Social Security is not the answer.
Sound Reasoning

San Jose, CA

#5 Jun 10, 2008
At least to me, there is a BIG difference between helping out Senior Citizens who are having a tough time making ends meet, and handing over to Senior Citizens "perks" and "luxuries" like vacation tips and entertainment.

If the $22,000 was going to, say, LMT's version of Meals on Wheels or a Sr Lunch program, that is one thing. Dinner theater is quite another.
Lower Macungie Resident

Allentown, PA

#6 Jun 10, 2008
Why not subsidize my family's summer vacation too???

Stop wasting taxpayers' money!

God Bless the Seniors, but they can hold a bake sale.
Lower Macungie Resident

Allentown, PA

#7 Jun 10, 2008
aces and eights wrote:
Boy you people in LMT really know how to bend over and take it
Tell me about...though its not much better over there in Emmaus...heard of fuelsaver 9000??

“You call THIS civilization??”

Since: Mar 07

Orefield, PA

#8 Jun 10, 2008
Sound Reasoning wrote:
At least to me, there is a BIG difference between helping out Senior Citizens who are having a tough time making ends meet, and handing over to Senior Citizens "perks" and "luxuries" like vacation tips and entertainment.
If the $22,000 was going to, say, LMT's version of Meals on Wheels or a Sr Lunch program, that is one thing. Dinner theater is quite another.
I must agree. It's pitiful that some seniors must choose between eating or paying for their meds. That kind of help I'd empty my pockets for. But a dinner theater or bus trip? When the last vacation I could afford was more than 5 years ago? I don't think so. I'll send my grandmother to Longwood Gardens, but not a stranger.
Save the vegetables

Scranton, PA

#9 Jun 10, 2008
Wow,$20K+ for entertainment funded by taxpayers. Another perfect example of how out of control our gubaments at all levels have become.

"They should continue to allocate funds to the senior groups. These are people who most likely worked all their lives and should enjoy their golden years."

You couldn't be more wrong, it is not the taxpayer's responsibility to fund entertainment for anyone. What does working all of their lives have to do with this anyway? If they want to go to the movies then they can pay for it themselves or they can have their own fundraisers, but wasting taxpayer resources is unacceptable.

“Cool Logic - Burning Passion”

Since: Feb 07

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#10 Jun 10, 2008
Why is this issue so difficult to resolve? If the funds are going to assist seniors for food like meals in wheels, or heating fuel in the winter that seems to be a legitimate uise of funds. Vacation luxuries? It is painfully obvious that this is NOT a valid way to fund seniors activities. Sounds like someone is redirecting public tax monies to their own personal area od interest and benefit. Seems to me that the elected officials are incompetent and thus complicit. This is not rocket science!
Allentown Taxpayer

Allentown, PA

#11 Jun 10, 2008
My aunt lives in a retirement home where trips and other social events had been offered. Most do not drive and can't go anywhere. One of these days you will all be senior citizens. Then you will what it is like to be in a studio apartment day in and day out with no place to go. Watching TV will be your only choice. If we give to everyone who never works providing free health care, access cards, free school lunches, free everything than you can give to people who have paid taxes all their lives and deserve a little enjoyment in their senior years. You'll be their somedayl like I said. Waiting for visitors that don't come. Just wait. By the way my aunt is 101 years old and never received free anything.
Joe Somebody

Allentown, PA

#12 Jun 10, 2008
Allentown Taxpayer wrote:
My aunt lives in a retirement home where trips and other social events had been offered. Most do not drive and can't go anywhere. One of these days you will all be senior citizens. Then you will what it is like to be in a studio apartment day in and day out with no place to go. Watching TV will be your only choice. If we give to everyone who never works providing free health care, access cards, free school lunches, free everything than you can give to people who have paid taxes all their lives and deserve a little enjoyment in their senior years. You'll be their somedayl like I said. Waiting for visitors that don't come. Just wait. By the way my aunt is 101 years old and never received free anything.
SO go visit her. Take her out for some fun. Sounds like you don't give a damn about her. You want us to take care of her.
snowman Bath PA

Nazareth, PA

#13 Jun 10, 2008
As a very senior citizen< although not from LMT, I believe it is MY RESPONSIBILITY to pay for things. Every time any government decides to take your money(taxes) and then give it back to you as a perk it costs at least 25% for them to handle, rehandle, and reissue the money to you. Leave my money alone and just do what you are supposed to do, PROTECT the citizens, and keep the roads and bridges safe. You are not supposed to run fairs, zoos, buslines, or dinner theaters. Reduce my taxes and I will pay for my own ticket to the dinner theater. I have worked all my life and I will pay for my own fun, thank you anyway.
Satire

Allentown, PA

#14 Jun 10, 2008
Gov't 101:

The function of government is to provide "BASIC" services through taxpayer funding. We could argue what is "basic". But "basic services" is not to.. provide entertainment, travel, etc.

UNLESS: You are a government worker.:)
snowman Bath PA

Nazareth, PA

#15 Jun 10, 2008
Actually it is quite possible that some of our politicians don't want to visit their parents and grandparents so they want the taxpayers to do it. Years ago, everybody took care of their family, now we have lazy politicians that don't want to do it and are using tax money to carry out their repsonsibilities and by including the rest of us it is easier to get away with it. SLIME.
joe poli

AOL

#16 Jun 10, 2008
I am a senior and pay for my own vacations. We pay $6,000 dollars a year in property taxes to the county.$600.00 a year to LMT for earned income taxes. We have our own health insurance and spend our money at local businesses.

There are many seniors like us in LMT. We are not freeloaders as some of you imply.

I do not like subsidizing anyone's vacations and am happy it will stop.

Let me ask some of you young folks a question: who subsidizes school lunches, school busesthe LMT pool, parks, schools, etc,? Answer: People like us seniors who pay taxes to LMT.

You have to look at the big picture not just focus on one issue and make blanket statements.
Change Bethlehem

United States

#17 Jun 10, 2008
I am a senior and I think it is ludicous that these people in LMT should be ashame of themselves there are more needy seniors that could use that money for necessities like food, oil, etc.. Yes it can get boring with nothing to look forward to but get off your dead butts and form a group and make your own recreation bingo, playing cards, bake sales to raise funds to go on such trips. Get Real there are worse off who can use this money.
Kate

United States

#18 Jun 10, 2008
yes wrote:
They should continue to allocate funds to the senior groups. These are people who most likely worked all their lives and should enjoy their golden years.
I am a taxpayer in LMT and in this day and age with things the way they are, I'm sorry...I do not want to pay for these trips. We all have to cut back with this economy and there are other people out there thay may need this more than the Serniors. I am a single mom...are they going to shell out money for my daycare? I think not and they are not responsible to.
Who Cares

AOL

#19 Jun 10, 2008
yes wrote:
They should continue to allocate funds to the senior groups. These are people who most likely worked all their lives and should enjoy their golden years.
I agree with you to a point. That point being that many of the seniors we are talking about can out spend us 10 to 1. We are not only talking about seniors living on fixed incomes. Remember we are talking about LMT, one of the wealthiest communities in the valley. Some of these seniors we are funding can easily fund the whole $20,000 themselves and not blink an eye.

It is a matter of equity and rational government.
ALLENTOWN TAXPAYER

Hazleton, PA

#20 Jun 10, 2008
Joe Somebody wrote:
<quoted text>SO go visit her. Take her out for some fun. Sounds like you don't give a damn about her. You want us to take care of her.
I do take my aunt out. I pick her up for every family gathering, Christmas, Easter, birthdays, but I work during the day and she lives in Schwenksville. I hope you rot in a nursing home someday for your attitude.

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