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Transportation system for Girard seniors at risk



Published: Wed, January 16, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



Transportation system for Girard seniors at risk

EDITOR:

Some people may be unaware that Girard was established as a city in approximately 1932-33 under the strong influence of knowledgeable, courageous and wise blue-collar union workers who overcame great obstacles to establish an independent lifestyle.

Today their descendants continue the struggle to maintain their independence. The obstacle they must overcome today is the threat of losing the Senior Citizens Transportation System.

Why is that such a problem when the city is in fiscal emergency? Look at the population of Girard. The majority of city residents are 60 years old or older. Each week, the transportation system serves numerous seniors, taking them to many Girard business and medical facilities. On certain scheduled days, they are driven to the Liberty Plaza, the Eastwood Mall and to other special events offered by several senior citizen groups in Girard for social interaction.

Restrictions placed upon seniors by outside forces are agonizing to many. Obviously, the seniors of Girard must not be enduring enough heartache, so now their transportation system is on the agenda for suspension.

It seems that city officials are turning their backs on the majority of citizens that elected them into office. It has been noted at one of the council meetings by city officials that the citizens are not to blame for this crisis. If this were true, then why are numerous seniors going to endure such an excruciating sacrifice, (losing independence), for the overspending by city officials. This system is essential to the seniors continued independent living and city officials are accountable for keeping the system operating.

The senior citizens of Girard have continuously demonstrated their commitment to their community. It is time we as a community demonstrate our commitment towards our seniors by developing a partnership between churches, business, and citizens making the salvation of the Senior Citizens Transportation System a top priority.

If we consent to ending this precious service, we too are responsible for allowing our senior citizens to be robbed of their independence.

Those interested in forming a coalition to save the Senior Citizens Transportation System, may make their appeal to Seniorsrights@cs.com.

DEANNA TETER-MAYNARD

Girard

Under religious freedom, Christianity has prospered

EDITOR:

The recent letter, "United States risks losing status as Christian nation" fails to mention that there is no such thing as a "Christian nation."

Most of the Founding Fathers were not real Christians but fought for freedom of religion.

America is based on freedom and the American dream, which is prosperity. America has never been a "Christian nation," but Christianity has prospered because of religious freedom, which is missing in many countries.

Most people who follow a religion, Christian or Muslim, are nominal and not true believers. This can easily be proved by reading the New Testament and the Quran.

Jesus said that you would know a tree by its fruit. He also said "Why do you call me Lord, Lord, and do not the things I say." Many are called, but few are chosen. If anyone seeks the Lord they will find him because he is waiting for them.

Religion causes wars and hatred and death. Jesus came to bring us life and life more abundantly. Jesus said to love your enemies and "blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God."

Jesus is the only answer for the world today. Without Him, there would be no peace, only war and religious hatred.

LEO FEHER

Youngstown




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