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December 23, 2013

County has forgotten seniors' needs

I read with great interest your editorial about Otsego seniors being betrayed.

Where were you several years ago when the Board and the Office of Aging Director Frances Wright closed the Worcester nutrition site? This was one of the first sites in the county. I know because I worked with Alva Welch, the then-director, to make it happen.

District No. 6 (Worcester, Decatur, Maryland and Westford) composes a large part of the southeastern part of Otsego County. We had many seniors that came to the site, not only for hot meals, but for the social aspect. Mrs. Wright is not a very good advocate for seniors unless they are in Oneonta, Cooperstown, Richfield Springs or Cherry Valley. 

Why is Otsego County paying $1,400 a month for space for the Office of the Aging to the Elm Park United Methodist Church when the county has its own building in Oneonta?

There are two meal sites in Oneonta. Are the Oneonta senior citizens better than the rest of the seniors in our county?

Now, as to the frozen meals, ugh! They sent them to Worcester in packages for the week. The seniors I talked to say that the dinners are terrible.

I asked Rep. Don Lindberg about it and he said the frozen meals were good. How does he know this? Did he call any seniors to find out? Each representative should be made to take home one week of these frozen meals and eat these epicurean delights.

This county should look to Delaware County and Schoharie County to see how to treat seniors.

Otsego County managing has gone downhill in the last few years. The old board, of which I was a member, never forgot our seniors.

Get with it, Otsego County Board of Representatives!

Joseph J. Kenyon

Worcester

Kenyon is a former county representative for District 6. 

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