There is enough money there to buy her a bus pass. Let's use public funds to help those who are truly impoverished and don't have family to pay for extras.
I'm happy that your mother can enjoy her golden years with so many advantages. But I have sympathy for those who don't live with all of the luxuries that your mother has.
Oh by the way, I have a 30-year-old fur that I inherited from my mother-in-law more than 10 years ago. She took excellent care of it, as do I because I can never afford to buy a new one, but it is showing its age. So I know a 30-year-old fur coat when I see it. The vast majority of the furs walking out of the opera aren't 30 years old. And the conversations that I overhear about their second houses in warm locations, their local houses in Winnetka, Kenilworth, Lake Forest and Glencoe, and extensive investments convinced me that this is a wealthy crowd with their free transit passes in hand.
Does it occur to you or anyone else these fur clad ladies could be wearing a 20 to 30 year old coat? How about their families buying them gifts for birthdays and holidays that include tickets to the opera and the symphony? A lot of elderly people have a few extras because of the adult children.
5 of us contribute to our mother's "life style" - I've paid for her cell phone for more than 10 years now - buy her a new bathing suit a couple of times a year since the YMCA pools destroy the fabric and the water aerobics are essential for her health - and I provide various other things for her safety and well being. One sister buys her season tickets to local plays and provides a cleaning lady once a month. One brother charges her rent $200 a month LESS than the mortgage he pays on the house. One sister sends her plane tickets to visit in Florida and has purchased an extra ticket for a cruise for her to join, etc. Another brother tills the yard and plants her vegetables every spring. Without our help our mother would have NOTHING of any pleasure in her life.
And all you dim wits who think the seniors paid less into SS/Medicare aren't very bright. What we pay in today percentage wise is less than it was in earlier years and apparently none of you know that Income Tax is paid on SS income.
Have some kind of compassion for older people even if they do take a few more rides than they used to - it gives them a better life and it doesn't take your seat away. They have been through the gamut with being 20 years old and broke and survived. Their bodies are old and don't work the way they once did - just boarding a bus or train can be painful for them.
Wake up! We need to appreciate our elderly and care for them. Someday, if you're lucky you will be a senior and will think differently but you will probably have no help from your children since you will have taught them disrespect and resentment for the elderly.