Your life, your choices

This concerns the in- prison drug treatment plan, which will cost the taxpayers $50,000 a year. Drug and alcohol addicts would be in a rehabilitative program while serving their sentence. Our elected officials agree with this program and if successful it would result in fewer repeat offenders, which in the long run would save taxpayer’s money, as well as bed space in the Lycoming Prison. Any program that would save taxpayers money is a downright laugh in this day and age. In the eyes of we retired senior citizens, we are struggling to make ends meet.

No one should have the authority or the guts to enact any law or program that would force retired citizens to help finance it. In our lifetime, if we chose to start a habit of drinking or becoming a drug addict, it was something that we knew ahead of time that we as an individual would pay the price for the decision that we made. We were raised and taught that everyone makes their own bed, so sleep in it. These same lines of the past should be taught to every generation. When they choose to pick their own path through life, the choice is theirs. If it’s the right path so be it. If one chooses the path of destruction, then I don’t think that the senior citizens who own their homes should help pay the bill for any group of individuals who choose to take the wrong road in life.

Does anyone take head to what the senior citizens of this country are writing and complaining about in our local newspapers? The sentence that says “Everybody has a right but nobody has a responsibility.” Pretty well describes life in this country, at least for the social security recipients who receive social security so they can pay their school and property taxes which run into several thousand dollars a year, when their income is sometimes only $7,000 and $8,000 a year.

Why isn’t there a limit of time on everything that happens in this day and age? It sounds like many see a way to receive a small fortune by accusing someone of groping, fondling or having sex against their will, which in some cases it was 20 or 30 years ago, if it ever did happen. Don’t our courts have anything better to do than to allow these ridiculous lawsuits in their court rooms?

Weldon C. Cohick Jr.