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Letters to the Editor

Editor:

About two years ago, I was told I could not drive anymore, a blow to my life I did not want. I felt I had lost my independence and had to rely on my family or a driver to get to the market when I needed groceries. I did have friends offer to take me but I did not want to burden them.

I started trying to take the bus around Leisure World and I use it often and it is wonderful.

Last week I tried the bus that goes to Ralph’s, Target and Sprouts. It was a real pleasure. I can now get what I want without waiting until my family is free and can help me.

The driver of the bus was Joey, a very pleasant young man, and he was so helpful to everyone. When driving people to their apartments, he even carried their bags to their front door. This was such a big help, above and beyond his duties.

I feel that my experience on Joey’s bus was great and I will use it often. I also will be attending the MiniBus Orientation on July 10 at Clubhouse 3.

Thank you Joey and many thanks to Leisure World for providing this service to us.

Alice Brown

Mutual 17

Editor:

Dr. Rudolph Haider’s article regarding melanoma recently was very informative. Preventive measures were presented as well as cures. Most shareholders are adhering through wearing long sleeved tops, donning with hats, visors, sunglasses and colorful parasols.

I find the tips on health issues published in the Medical Director’s column to be useful and very educational.

My father, a medical technician, worked for the U.S. Army Medical Infantry Division .

He always reminded us that “prevention is better than cure.

I will always cherish his legacy on health issues.

Lisa A. Dickson

Mutual 1

Les Cohen’s Outside the Wall column

by Les H. Cohen, Mutual 15

Legislative Advocate Emeritus/ OC Ombudsman

Years of experience representing clients at the state capitol taught me politics can be a messy business. An imperfect science, some would say.

Proposals born as sound ideas in the form of proposed law or regulation are subject to criticism. They can be cast aside or shredded by comprise so the final product hardly resembles the original aim.

But once in a while, just occasionally, a good idea is conceived, put forward into the political process and succeeds. That happened recently and its success has a potentially strong benefit for the nearly 400,000 senior citizens of Orange County.

A little background:

There are Area Agencies on Aging Advisory Councils that grew from federal legislation (Older Americans Act of 1965) and state statutes (Older Californians Acts of 1980 and 1996).

These units, a part of county government known as Senior Citizen Advisory Councils (SCAC), exist as an advocate for older individuals and are to provide advice and consultation on services for elders.

Whether by tradition or temerity, some agencies have questioned whether existing law allows them to, as a council, advocate policy changes of behalf of older Californians. We think they should be empowered to speak out.

It’s true that things happen in government and elsewhere as a result of the “squeaky wheel” effect: the most logical (and often numerous voices) win the day.

Orange County seniors, through their representatives, have the absolute right to speak out on issues of quality of life, taxes, fair and equitable treatment of seniors, and other matters.

And now, because of a series of conversations and then actions by County Supervisor John Moorlach, the CEO and director of legislative affairs, OC seniors can do this through SCAC.

SCAC can analyze, comment on and monitor development and implementation of all federal, state and local laws and regulations affecting the health, safety and welfare of older Californians.

The councils are also authorized, with the consent of the OC Board of Supervisors to facilitate public comments on laws and actions which councils believe pertinent to the stated goals of the law and citizen equity.

It is not a mandate, but simply a “green flag” allowing those on the front line, those most knowledgeable on senior activities and services, to get involved. You know what? The system works.

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Here’s an update status of AB 1360-electronic voting option-HOA’s reported in the OTW last week. The measure was heard by the Senate Committee on Judiciary and failed to pass by a 2 to 3 vote.Two did not vote. The bill is now dead for this session.

Strong, persuasive opposition came from California Alliance for Retired Americans; California Common Cause; Center for California Homeowner Association Law; Secretary of State; and Verified Voting.