Seniors gagged at meeting

Regarding your editorial on the Council of Aging meeting with Mary Anne Jablonski (Seniors missed opportunity, Oct. 13) and the lack of response from the huge crowd, it’s my opinion that we were gagged.

Regarding your editorial on the Council of Aging meeting with Mary Anne Jablonski (Seniors missed opportunity, Oct. 13) and the lack of response from the huge crowd, it’s my opinion that we were gagged.

The press release of the Council on Aging annual meeting stated that Ms. Jablonski would be guest speaker. People would not be allowed to give opinions, but she would answer questions.

As she was introduced, Sam Denhaan announced we were not to comment during her presentation but she would take questions after.

At the conclusion of her speech, someone with a microphone announced he would come around, but they must be questions and they must be brief. This was done. A couple of questioners who started to digress, were called on it. Questioning was halted after a brief period.

I don’t think anyone was given a straight answer to any questions and her presentation did not give us any insight as to what’s really down the road. I would term the whole response as evasive.

Too many people seem blissfully unaware of where our province is heading (and some of them are in the government).

It’s the 30- to 50-year-olds who need to be protesting health cuts and senior services.

They are the ones who will be caring for and paying for their parents’ care. The Alberta government is bowing out.

Many seniors are too tired, too scared or too unaware to fight these changes.

Good health care should be this province’s priority. Without it, we are nothing.

Dianna Schultz

Red Deer

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