Friday, April 18, 2014
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When it comes to maintaining a livable world for the future, we seem to be our own worst enemies. But that doesn't mean we can't change.
In southern Maine, no wait for Meals on Wheels clients
I'm writing to clarify any misunderstanding caused by a recent article in the Portland Press Herald about waiting lists for Meals on Wheels in other parts of the state ("Meals on Wheels feeling the pinch from sequestration cuts," March 31).
Meals on Wheels in towns in York and Cumberland counties (with the exception of Brunswick and Harps-well) are provided by the Southern Maine Agency on Aging. We do not have a waiting list for Meals on Wheels.
If you are 60 or older, homebound and have difficulty preparing nutritious meals for yourself -- or may recently have been discharged from the hospital and need assistance on a short-term basis -- you or your caregiver can call toll-free at 1-800-400-6325 or make a referral at www.smaaa.org.
Within two business days, a volunteer will begin delivering meals to your home.
You will receive a home visit within nine days in which eligibility is confirmed, and you will learn of other services the agency provides. For example, we also have a shopping program for homebound people 60 and older. People of all income levels are eligible for Meals on Wheels.
We are doing everything we can to avoid instituting a waiting list. We are cutting costs and asking for more donations to offset the cuts made by the federal government. We need to raise $250,000 this year just to support Meals on Wheels.
Please, if you need Meals on Wheels, don't hesitate to call us at 1-800-400-6325.
Laurence W. Gross
executive director, Southern Maine Agency on Aging
Teens' booze, pot suppliers should be penalized as well
In regards to the Falmouth parents who were accused of letting teenagers drink on their property at a party that went out of control:
In my opinion, the parents of the kids who supplied the alcohol and/or marijuana to the party should also pay restitution. Those kids are getting it from somewhere, and if they bring it and distribute it, their parents should be held accountable for their own kids' actions.
The Falmouth parents had good intentions. They wanted the kids to have fun. They did not authorize the alcohol or marijuana, so why punish just them? They wanted the kids to be safe, but as we all know, kids are very sneaky.
Get the names of those distributing the goods and fine the parents of those kids, that's the fair way.
It may make more parents responsible in the long run knowing they, too, may receive a fine if their kids possess alcohol and/or marijuana and distribute at parties. Those other parents are just as responsible in my eyes.