A closer look at senior discounts, tax deductions and entitlements

A closer look at senior discounts, tax deductions and entitlements (5 letters)

Vincent Carroll has addressed a difficulty that I and others of my acquaintance (together with many senior residents) have commented on through the years. Reductions and entitlements supplied to seniors as a bunch are inappropriate. As Carroll factors out, the poverty price for seniors is arguably decrease than for different age teams. When a bunch is focused for financial help, that group ought to be outlined by its financial make-up, not its age. How does it make sense for Colorado to cost a senior solely $1 for a fishing license that prices $26 for folks ages 16-64? How does it make sense for Colorado to supply a partial property tax discount for seniors, no matter revenue?

Louise Crosby, Centennial

Whereas I used to be sorry to see Vincent Carroll retire from The Denver Submit in 2016, I’m glad he continues to write down articles for The Submit.  His insightful commentary on senior reductions is simply one of many causes I say that.

Although many people seniors are the beneficiaries of the reductions Carroll refers to, we now have to agree with what he wrote. I, for one, have all the time didn’t see the justification for most senior reductions. The place there ought to be a senior low cost is for actions reminiscent of amusement parks (e.g., Disneyland and Elitch Gardens), the place seniors typically are merely there to accompany their grandkids.

Jim Malec, Roxborough

Whereas I loved studying Vincent Carroll’s piece concerning senior reductions, I believe he could also be overthinking the rationale for the reductions. I believe the reductions are much less a recognition of seniors in dire financial circumstances than rational enterprise and different causes to increase reductions to a selected demographic.

For instance, the Denver Botanic Backyard low cost he cites (in addition to different reductions prolonged by comparable points of interest reminiscent of film theaters) acknowledges a demographic with free time that may, if supplied a reduction, fill a slower time interval within the day when many individuals are at work or faculty. The lifetime Senior Move to nationwide parks acknowledges older folks have paid a lifetime of taxes and have restricted time remaining (and hopefully free time now obtainable) to get pleasure from our nationwide parks.

I don’t see these reductions as some poverty program for seniors however merely rational causes to supply reductions for sure objects to a selected section of the inhabitants doubtless and in a position to make use of the low cost supplied.

Kevin Fletcher, Golden

Vincent Carroll’s column on senior reductions was very correct concerning many seniors. Nonetheless, there are two important causes for giving senior reductions. The primary is a enterprise determination. When deciding the place to spend their restricted , seniors will typically go to the seller providing a reduction, thus rising their enterprise. The second motive for seniors to take part in reductions is that almost all have a restricted revenue. They don’t have the chance to work further hours or a second job.  Even when they will do that, the years obtainable to them to bodily do further work could also be restricted.

The senior low cost has an actual place in our financial system.  With out this incentive, some seniors would sit at residence fairly than exit and be extra lively, not to mention contribute to our gross home product.

William F. Hineser, Arvada

I agree with Vincent Carroll that seniors as a demographic class have extra disposable revenue than youthful adults. Nonetheless, as he factors out, seniors are additionally probably the most dependable voters, and any politician who makes an attempt to “repair” entitlements will discover him or herself not re-elected. Politicians discovered way back that they may purchase votes by giving issues away and lose votes in the event that they ever tried to take them again.

Entitlement reform won’t occur till the scenario turns into so dire that there isn’t any different selection. If there’s any doubt, have a look at the scenario in Colorado the place politicians, significantly Democrats, are afraid to do something significant to reform PERA, the general public worker Ponzi scheme, which is quickly approaching the dire stage. It’s far more beneficiant than any entitlement within the personal sector, however lives on as a result of reform requires politicians who care about one thing aside from being re-elected.

Mike Eller, Littleton

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