Organization Pushes for Senior Citizens Right to Vote

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

Five days out of the week, you can find tom Hassell playing tile rummy at the Dorothy Quick Senior Center. While you won't see him supporting electronic bingo there is one thing he would like to see.

“I think it's alright to let the people to vote, to express their views, but I am not in favor of legislation.”

Currently, there are 38 senior centers in 7 counties around the wiregrass. Officials with a-4-a are asking the House of Representatives to allow seniors to vote. They say the extra tax will help offset a depressed budget and save programs.

"We’re at a point of critical mass at our senior centers because if we lose any more meals then we, some of our centers will not meet their numbers to qualify to be a senior center."

Robert Crowder is the Executive Director of Sarcoma and says most centers are serving the minimum amount of meals because of lack of funding.

This year’s stimulus helped pull them through, but that funding most likely will not be available again.

"Eleven is going to be the year that you know, if there's not something out of the ordinary that happens we're going to have severe cuts."

Crowder says the request to the legislatures is not about the battle over the electronic bingo or country crossing. It's about a battle to keep programs alive.

"To us it's just another bill in the legislature that has a funding mechanism that could potentially provide funds for seniors, and that's what we try to do regardless of what the bill is or what the issue is."

Crawford says those extra funds will help keep programs like meals for wheels and meals at the centers themselves.


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