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Shutdown halts ride program for seniors, disabled in Cumberland

Posted October 11, 2013

— Cumberland County officials announced Friday that the partial federal government shutdown has forced them to suspend a program that provides low-cost, non-medical transportation for senior and disabled citizens.

A total of 503 clients are enrolled in the Community Transportation Program, which offers rides within Cumberland County to qualifying residents who are disabled or over the age of 60. The trips cost $2.25 each way to destinations including grocery stores, libraries, banks, schools, day programs and work.

Officials said in a statement that 273 trips were provided in the two-week period ending Friday. The program is funded by federal grants, and officials said it is uncertain whether the county will be reimbursed for services because of the shutdown. 


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  • PDMARTIN Oct 11, 2013

    I never realized just how much the gov't pays for. I guess everyone has to have there little piece of the pie.

    I can honestly say the only thing I have ever had from either state or federal gov't was unemployment.

  • whatelseisnew Oct 11, 2013

    "This stinks that our seniors are having to suffer because they still can't agree. Take their paychecks away and let them go without for a long time and see what if anything it does to them. Don't make the people suffer for your stupid mistakes."

    PJ, the real SOURCE of this problem goes back to people accepting Government creation of these programs. This created dependency and then when it is no longer available, now a perceived hardship. Sorry, but this has become a spoiled spoiled country where somehow an attitude has developed that life is supposed to be perfect for everyone. Now I have no problem helping physically and mentally disabled people. If in fact we ONLY did that, we could provide a wonderful level of help and do it without being buried alive in massive Federal Debt.

    The real evil is the massive number of people that feel they are entitled and ObamaCare is just the latest example of an huge expansion to that evil. So the folks that really should get help, do not get i

  • whatelseisnew Oct 11, 2013

    Just another case of why most programs need to be eliminated. As I have often said, for people that are physically or mentally incapable to see to all of their own needs, I have no problem with some taxpayer paid for assistance. Unfortunately, we are being crushed to death by the cost of far too many programs that should not exist and should never have existed.
    I wonder, has the taxpayer paid for cable service been cut off yet? this should get funny next year when people get told their insurance was cancelled because the Government did not cough up the premium subsidy. Oh thats right, they will pretend it has its own funding.

  • jyjy Oct 11, 2013

    @ diana123... my brother uses this transportation service he is mentally disabled but he has a part time job he goes to five days a week 8:00 am - 2:00 pm. I have to be on my job at 6:30 am every morning and therefore can not take him or pick him up. This service is very valuable to seniors and the disabled. So do not be to quick to judge programs that help people.

  • A person Oct 11, 2013

    The golf course at Andrews Air Force base is still open. Closing that would affect Barack, and he will never allow that to happen. After-all he is only the cause of this country's financial proplems

  • diana123 Oct 11, 2013

    let the government cut benefits, they are in way too many
    areas of our lives. so cut them.

  • diana123 Oct 11, 2013

    this shutdown has been a real eye opener. government seems
    to be EVERYWHERE. transportation, parks, etc.
    it needs to get out of these areas NOW.

  • grimreaper Oct 11, 2013

    Well...all I can say is the Constitution did not provide any requirement or power for the federal government to provide charity of any kind...none...the liberals have corrupted that along the way to the tune of billions a year on funneling money to these types of programs...they could exist without the federal money and not have this current issue if the money came from where it is supposed to and that is the citizens in a state...too much dependence on federal money, too much federal money going to too many functions the federal government does not need to run itself...this is the problem...it is now running us and not itself...we fear the government and the government no longer fears the people...

  • Naysayer Oct 11, 2013

    So we stop helping those who are truly in need, yet the Obama admin keeps the freebies coming for those who live off the actual producers in society.

  • lopo Oct 11, 2013

    Of course but welfare and food stamps go on and on and on....