Elderly, Disabled People Brace For Di...

Elderly, Disabled People Brace For Dial-A-Ride Aid Cut

There are 16 comments on the Hartford Courant story from Feb 25, 2009, titled Elderly, Disabled People Brace For Dial-A-Ride Aid Cut. In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

Paul Copp, a Wethersfield resident in his 70s, worries how he'll get to the federal veterans hospital in Newington now that Gov.

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Butter

Milford, CT

#1 Feb 25, 2009
Life Star, Dial-a-Ride, what's next?
I have an idea, walk into one of the state buildings and start by laying off every piece of driftwood who's not doing any work.
Yup, give them unemployment, but you don't get the fancy package and the pension.
Rell is a screwball with no business trying to balance any budget.
Wasn't she the one who said in August that we had a surplus?!!! I mean really, even at our house we knew the damn bottom was falling out.
Lee Ann

Durham, CT

#3 Feb 26, 2009
I can't believe that of all programs in our state, the governor would cut programs for seniors. It's outrageous and grossly short-sighted and insensitive - not to mention down right cruel. These people depend on this transportation for medical appts. and important medical procedures like dialysis. Unless doctors are planning to make house calls, I suggest that this state find other ways to cut the budget. Start by eliminating all the useless special interest commissions!
Jokes on me

AOL

#4 Feb 26, 2009
Lee Ann wrote:
I can't believe that of all programs in our state, the governor would cut programs for seniors. It's outrageous and grossly short-sighted and insensitive - not to mention down right cruel. These people depend on this transportation for medical appts. and important medical procedures like dialysis. Unless doctors are planning to make house calls, I suggest that this state find other ways to cut the budget. Start by eliminating all the useless special interest commissions!
I and I am sure many others totally agree. To even consider these cuts when many of our less fortunate seniors are in dire straits trying to make ends meet is truely sad. When we can pay a college coach 1.6 million annually and propose cuts that affect our parents, just sickens me and this in what we are told is the 1st or 2nd most wealthy state in the union. What have we become as a country when our priority's are this screwed up.
John

Guilford, CT

#5 Feb 26, 2009
When Gov. Rell is older, isolated, unable to drive to see people and unable to get to doctor's appointments, I'm not going to give her a ride anywhere! This is a critical link to the outside world for many people. This might be the most cruel cut I've seen yet.

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West Hartford, Connecticut

#6 Feb 26, 2009
Here in West Hartford, Republican Committee Chairman Justin R. Clark and Vice Chairman Peter J. Martin call this Rell budget “courageous and forward-thinking.”

They write on the party web site: "It is courageous because it takes on issues that people have been afraid to face in the past and is forward-thinking because it reigns in long-term spending, future tax increases and the size of government. This budget promotes growth and preserves Connecticut’s prosperity for future generations."

Apparently, one issue that people have been "afraid to face in the past" is the funding for rides for West Hartford's older residents to medical appointments. In West Hartford, as this article notes, Rell has cut $72,938 from the program.

Such courage! Such forward-thinkingness! Maestro, prepare the Medal of Honor!
barbara columbia ct

Dallas, TX

#7 Feb 26, 2009
It is terrible to hurt seniors and the disabled in this way.Most people do not have close families in the area to help with much needed transport.missed MD appointments will probaly cause more hospitalizations with the cost being made to medicare or medicaid. nursing homes also use these services, much less costly than wheelchair ambulance services. I suppose that was not considered. How cruel to make it so much harder for our seniors to help thmselves and keep them independent for as long as possible before the need for skilled nursing home care.
Bill

United States

#8 Feb 26, 2009
I guess they will have to rely on relatives or friends to drive them to appointments. Maybe taxi's. Maybe church groups will help. I don't think it's the taxpayers responsibility. This is another good step in getting the government out of personal responsibilities.
Jokes on me

AOL

#9 Feb 26, 2009
Bill wrote:
I guess they will have to rely on relatives or friends to drive them to appointments. Maybe taxi's. Maybe church groups will help. I don't think it's the taxpayers responsibility. This is another good step in getting the government out of personal responsibilities.
Bill, please reconsider your position. I would surely agree with you but only after all the other waste was eliminated 1st. There is no way our Gov't. should take our money, waste it on every conceivable stupid program and entitlement like those implemented for illegals, then tell us that seniors (some who are also veterans) will have to suffer - ABSOLUTELY NOT!
throw the bums out

Boston, MA

#10 Feb 26, 2009
How about cutting the legislators salaries? They do nothing but mess us up anyway.
OMGWTFBBQ

Manchester, CT

#11 Feb 26, 2009
"The funding cut comes at a time when municipalities are facing a revenue shortage."

The funding cut comes at a time when municipalities are facing a SPENDING shortage. <--- I fixed that typo for you
Lee Ann

Durham, CT

#12 Feb 27, 2009
Of all the people to penalize, it's the elderly and disabled?? Cut Coach Calhoun's $1.5 million (State) salary first!!
Lee Ann

Durham, CT

#13 Feb 27, 2009
I agree!
John wrote:
When Gov. Rell is older, isolated, unable to drive to see people and unable to get to doctor's appointments, I'm not going to give her a ride anywhere! This is a critical link to the outside world for many people. This might be the most cruel cut I've seen yet.
Lee Ann

Durham, CT

#14 Feb 27, 2009
Please send an email to the governor as I did.
Jokes on me wrote:
<quoted text>I and I am sure many others totally agree. To even consider these cuts when many of our less fortunate seniors are in dire straits trying to make ends meet is truely sad. When we can pay a college coach 1.6 million annually and propose cuts that affect our parents, just sickens me and this in what we are told is the 1st or 2nd most wealthy state in the union. What have we become as a country when our priority's are this screwed up.
Jokes on me

AOL

#15 Feb 27, 2009
Lee Ann wrote:
Please send an email to the governor as I did. <quoted text>
Good idea, my eamil has been sent although I doubt it will be very helpfull. We are just peons to these lifelong politicians.
no fair

Hartford, CT

#16 Feb 28, 2009
The Elderly get benefits calculated on a very deflated dollar.

Way back then they got paid so much less.
Heretic

Ansonia, CT

#17 Mar 2, 2009
throw the bums out wrote:
How about cutting the legislators salaries? They do nothing but mess us up anyway.
Great idea. Cut legislators' salaries as well as the salaries of department heads including the Governor. Lead by example.

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