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Your Opinion: AARP tactics criticized

Your Opinion: AARP tactics criticized

March 26th, 2013 by D.G. Smith, Jefferson City in News

Dear Editor:

The next time AARP bombards your mailbox with solicitations for paid membership, just remember how AARP is trying to scare senior citizens with misleading statements about Sen. Mike Kehoe's Senate Bill 207 which will make electricity more reliable.

In criticizing Sen. Kehoe's bill to improve electric power reliability, AARP disregards day-to-day needs of our elders like my mother, who is almost 90. Mom relies on electricity to charge her mobility scooter and run the oxygen pump she needs for healthy sleep. Mom and our family count on reliable power to keep the elevators running in her retirement apartment building, to shut the building's fire doors in an emergency, to work her emergency call alarm and to keep medicine refrigerated. When the power goes off, it is more than inconvenient. It can be frightening and even life-threatening for a senior citizen alone in the dark.

Shame on AARP for scaring the senior citizens it claims to look out for. I will remember their scare tactics the next time AARP's junk clogs my mailbox.

Thank you Sen. Kehoe for making reliable electricity a top priority.