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Cuts For Disabled Should Be Stopped

May 14, 2013

To The Readers’ Forum: Kudos goes to Assemblyman Goodell for fighting for the developmentally disabled, as he should rightly be doing....

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Jamestownite

May-20-13 4:15 PM

When I started out at working one of the group homes, I started out at a little over $11 an hour. Overtime was and still is the norm there, often working 50-60 hour shifts. When I left and started working at a nursing home, taking care of the elderly, doing basically the same thing, I was given $8.50 an hour. But then again, our nursing home isn't union either, thank goodness. They need to cut from inside in and start with overtime and cut the wages for all.

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MacKenzie

May-17-13 8:45 AM

Don't forget, the last 3 years, welfare recipients have received INCREASES, you might call them raises, in their benefits, 10%, 6% and 10%, respectively. What is wrong with that picture? Plenty. How dare the government cut benefits to those who cannot, for whatever reason, take care of themselves. The disabled are exactly the people we, the taxpayers, want to help, to make their lives comfortable. Mr. Goodell is a strong on this. Call him and let him know to keep up the good fight.

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PhD1960

May-17-13 7:07 AM

MTinNY, I agree 100% with your May-14-13 11:30 AM post. Help those who cannot help themselves. Prosecute those who abuse "the system".

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recycler

May-16-13 2:23 PM

I don't see why we need to pay school bus drivers to drive our kids to school, or why we need to bother pay teachers to teach when we can do it and presumably better. Where's the argument here? Parents have long been their child's care takers, especially those who fight disability, and those who choose to nitpick at them have no class.

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GioAllie

May-16-13 10:35 AM

"COO-COO" ya gotta love it.

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GioAllie

May-15-13 8:36 PM

I find the 7:47pm post totally truthful,relevant and honest and worthy of everyone's agreement.......

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Jazzie

May-15-13 5:37 PM

I wasn't the one berating. You made a comment on people disagreeing with you. Seapup: Yes, "from what I have heard"..from reputable sources, including paperwork AND their chart showing who'll be paying more. Jamestown starts around $265 a month and it goes up as you travel out of the city. And by the way, we don't spend close to $400 a month for gas to and from work. Be thankful you have an ability to do something these people can't do. If it weren't, their drivers and other employees would probably be amongst those on welfare.

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Jazzie

May-15-13 1:52 PM

Seapuppy are you still whining about this? I told you yesterday what it was. It's you who chooses not to see it and whine about it. Look under 2:03 PM. Am not going to repeat myself. And Loner...So what if someone disagrees with you. What are we - mindless robots who are suppose to all have the same ideals such as you?

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GioAllie

May-15-13 12:14 PM

thoughtpolice--I can't believe your post received a disagree------but when you realize who it is, you can understand........

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ThoughtPolice

May-15-13 11:53 AM

Again some very judgmental calls. I am a disabled ELDERLY parent of a disabled child. I became DISABLED through serving my country in a war many people didn't agree with. I also work part time AND get disability which is not very much. Because of MY disability, I can't DRIVE, so therefore I cannot drive my child OR myself to work. Why shouldn't I make the best out of my state and federal dollars? I am a tax payer myself, and the amount they'll be charging each individual bites a chunk out of our budgets. You've obviously not paid any attention to what's been said, or don't really care, you're 100% air. Don't be disrespectful.

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Jamestownite

May-15-13 8:13 AM

I seriously think those of you who are beating those who wouldn't have a way to work because of a lifelong problem - or maybe these people got their disability from serving wars or some other means - are nothing more than big bullies who have nothing better to do with your time. My family pays taxes too, and would rather see money used going into providing transportation to those who need it than to druggies, jails, etc.

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Jamestownite

May-15-13 8:04 AM

Lonerider you have no problem paying to have your kids/grandkids transported to school when you could do it yourself right? And seadog, I've told you what the cost of a month's ride to and from will be in July, usually equating to 1/3 of a lot of people's incomes. Not a lot of people who are barely making it now on their paltry makings.

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Jamestownite

May-15-13 7:59 AM

I don't think I said living with parents, I said family care, and many of these people live on their own, parents deceased. Really you should work these places before you judge them. Did you also stop to think that many of those "parents" aren't able to drive around or have conflicting schedules? I think some of you are making some serious judgment calls on things you don't understand.

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carlaw

May-15-13 6:20 AM

I agree loneriderrr but the state will mandate these rules then like everything else ask the locality to pay for it. Mr. Goodell is trying to spare the local taxpayers. The State will never cut these programs. This is the voter base in NYState now. New York, especially our area, is a magnet for people of inability. It is the best place and offers the most benefits to those in need. It's a good thing for some and unsustainable for others.

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Jamestownite

May-14-13 8:16 PM

Free? We're awfully presumptuous aren't we? I know exactly what I'm talking about, and it isn't free for them. Shows how little you know.

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Jamestownite

May-14-13 8:10 PM

Free? We're awfully presumptuous aren't we? I know exactly what I'm talking about, and it isn't free for them.

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Brent1

May-14-13 6:25 PM

If abuse did not exist in the disability program, cuts may not have to be made...

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Chuck2

May-14-13 5:05 PM

He sounds like a democrat not a tight republican.

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Jamestownite

May-14-13 4:19 PM

And poor Seadog thinks he's the only tax paying citizen in here. Boo hoo, cry me an ocean. Would truly be better off paying for something someone could use on a daily basis than something that's used less than 10 times a year by a select few like a football stadium.

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Jamestownite

May-14-13 4:17 PM

How do you know they don't? I think this is what they're insinuating, one of my boys kids work there and told us of their predicament. If they're not in a group home and on their own in either family care or independently, then they'll need to start paying the big bucks out of their own pockets.

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Jazzie

May-14-13 2:03 PM

Seadog, would you care to pay many thousands more for these people's hospital stays because many of them have very little structure and would become depressed? Why shouldn't it be tax payers responsibility if they have DOCUMENTED disabilities that prevent them from driving? Would you care to spend MORE on welfare programs if they didn't work? The average cost, from what I have heard, is anywhere from $265 to close to $500 a month..Big difference between someone who has a legitimate disability and one who thrives off the welfare system for life.

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MTinNY

May-14-13 11:30 AM

PhD1960....the cuts had nothing to do with SSI disability payments (though I do agree with you to an extent that that system is abused). These cuts were made directly to people who have *developmental disabilities* such as Down's syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy, mental retardation, etc. It effected the level of care given to them through therapy providers. Those people cannot fake their disability and need the help. They do not have a voice of their own and need us to speak up for them and say that this not okay.

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50s4ever

May-14-13 9:57 AM

When you meet a man who lost both legs and an arm doing volunteer service for those he calls "less fortunate" it will give you renewed faith in your fellow man. Such people exist. They just aren't as obvious as the malingerers.

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Howard

May-14-13 9:22 AM

I wrote weeks ago - this is a travesty.

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PhD1960

May-14-13 9:07 AM

(cont) the TRULY disabled. Hang the malingerers.

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