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‘Politics’

Las Vegas Residents Invited To Coffee With The Mayor

Carolyn Goodman Ricki Barlow
Join Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman And Ward 5 Councilman Ricki Y. Barlow At Starbucks

Residents looking to meet and converse with Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman will have the opportunity from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday, March 14, at the Starbucks located at 751 N. Rancho Drive (at Bonanza Road).

This event will be held in Ward 5 and Councilman Ricki Y. Barlow is scheduled to attend. Coffee with the Mayor is an opportunity for residents who have issues to discuss, or would simply like to meet the mayor.

Election Issues Have Many Older Nevadans Worried

By Carla Sloan, AARP Nevada State Director

With the 2012 election looming, older Nevada voters’ remain concerned about the future. Battered by a down economy, frustrated by prices rising faster than incomes, worried by health costs that could wreck finances, voters have looked into their futures and are deeply concerned.

That’s one of the reasons AARP launched our conversation with the American public about future of the retirement security programs that they’ve paid into over their lifetimes. You’ve Earned A Say (www.earnedasay.org<access.aarp.org/,DanaInfo=www.earnedasay.org+>) has raised their concerns about the future of Social Security and Medicare to the forefront of the debate during this election cycle.
According to AARP research fielded in August, more than two thirds of Nevada voters age 50 to 64 (67%) said they believe they’ll have to delay retirement, and nearly half (46%) worry they won’t have enough to retire at all.
In an October report in which AARP compiled the responses of nearly 4,600 (4,593) Nevadans to AARP questionnaires over the past six months, 62 percent wanted a balanced approach to Social Security benefit and revenue changes in order to strengthen the program for future generations. Twenty-five percent believed that Social Security was too important to change benefits at all and only 13 percent said that the program was so broken it needed a complete overhaul.  With Medicare, the feedback was similar, with only 18 percent supporting the idea of making major changes to the program.
Yet after millions of dollars of attack ads and dozens of campaign swings, many Nevadans still say they don’t know where the 2012 presidential and congressional candidates stand on the two programs that older voters see as critical to their retirement security — Social Security and Medicare.
These results are perhaps not so surprising; people who are near or in retirement rely on the programs to help make ends meet.  The most worrisome feedback, however, was from the 49 percent who said that they wanted their voices to be heard on these issues but didn’t believe it would make any difference.  Nearly half of the Nevada respondents don’t believe their elected officials listen to them.At a time when the future of Social Security and Medicare hang in the balance, it’s alarming that so many feel that their voice doesn’t matter.

They have paid into Medicare and Social Security and they’ve earned a say in the debate about the future of these programs.

AARP has committed to helping people make their voices heard about the future of Medicare and Social Security. That’s why we’ve delivered You’ve Earned a Say national and state reports directly to presidential and congressional candidates, as well as to sitting lawmakers, so they can hear first-hand what Americans are saying about strengthening these vital programs.  The new Nevada report includes verbatim comments from among the more than 3 million Americans who’ve engaged in You’ve Earned a Say, including many of Nevada’s smaller communities.
And to meet voters’ thirst for better information, AARP has voter guides for the Nevada congressional races as well as the contest for president.
The guides are in candidates’ own words, providing key information about where candidates stand on Social Security, Medicare and other issues important to older voters. We’ve also sponsored the televised debates between the Nevada candidates for congress, in an effort to assure Nevada voters have the tools they need to make the right decision for their future.
The survey, report and voters guides, can all be found on our You’ve Earned a Say (www.earnedasay.org<access.aarp.org/,DanaInfo=www.earnedasay.org+>) website.  Because we believe your voice matters.