Forced to make hard choices
April 15, 2013
As a member of that demographic known as senior citizens, I’d like to say that I am very disappointed with the One Bermuda Alliance regarding their about turn on the issue of car licensing for those over the age of 65. I see absolutely no reason why the Government could not stick with their original decision to tax cars over Class C. I say this because I am partially disabled, but a Class C vehicle is more than ample for my needs. I can fit in a walking stick, crutches, as well as a walker if necessary. I’m surprised that so many people claim that they need such large vehicles. I appreciate that there are a few disabled persons whose physical needs may require a larger vehicle; for example to carry a wheelchair. If so, then give those persons a dispensation upon application. This would come in the form of a doctor’s certificate, which we already have to supply for re-licensing.
It would be nice if it was not necessary to have a car, but I would be housebound without it. I am active and involved as a community volunteer as well as other learning activities, none of which would be possible without my car. I, as do many others, live on a fixed income, the value of which is ever dwindling and the free licensing was a great assistance. So much so, that I have had to make hard choices as there just isn’t enough money to go around. I have had to gamble, one of which is to cancel my household insurance policy which I have had all my adult life, (hoping I won’t be robbed or be the victim of a fire), against having independent transportation. A very uncomfortable position to be in. While I do appreciate that the government must budget carefully, I can hardly believe that a few extra dollars allowed to a group already in financial straights makes that much of a difference.
My needs are simple. My wants are a thing of the past. I would just like to be able to pay my way and get some enjoyment out of my life. I voted for the OBA because the previous government wantonly spent what had been so carefully built up over many years as if it was their own money. I could go on and on about my contributions over 50 years in the workforce, just to be dumped when I need a little back, but you get the picture. To paraphrase Messrs Gilbert & Sullivan, a seniors’ lot is not a happy one.
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