Letters to the editor – February 22nd, 2017

‘Solutions’collaboration

Editor, Smithfield Times

Our seniors and their families need more and better information about services available to them — transportation, financial and care options, etc. With a broad reader base across Isle of Wight County and the region, The Smithfield Times is in a unique position to fill that need.

Better information means better decisions. Better decisions mean a better life.

The Smithfield Times has taken on a new commitment in keeping with the paper’s belief in the above paragraphs and sense of community, the monthly “Senior Solutions” column.

Senior Solutions will be for seniors, caregivers, spouses, families — anyone with a need for or interest in senior related information.

Diana McFarland, after listening to concerns of many of our senior citizens, committed herself to this effort, even though she already has a heavy workload. But, the success of “Senior Solutions” will depend, not only on the diligent efforts of Diana and The Smithfield Times. We, the community, must participation, especially the senior community.

How will “Senior Solutions” work? We will submit to Diana the issues and questions that are concerning us. Diana has made communication easy. We can write to her, email her or give her a telephone call and tell her our concerns. Then Diana will research our issues and questions. Each month, she will report the answers to our issues and concerns in the Senior Solutions column.

Personally, I intend to clip the Senior Solutions columns out of the paper each month and keep them in a notebook as a reference I may need as I continue to mature and my needs for the information grows.

The Smithfield Times has given us a voice and a resource we need. Please, read the monthly Senior Solutions and participate in this endeavor.

Thank you, Diana McFarland and John Edwards, for all of your care and hard work.

Lanelle Johnson
Carrollton

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