America needs lawmakers who’ve known hard times

By Letters to the Editor

To the Editor:

I’m an individual who has multiple disabilities and who is a fighter. I have overcome multiple injuries and accidents and am still going strong at 63 years of age. I also raise my middle-school-aged grandson.

I successfully live independently. Yes, I have my struggles each day, but I am quick with a smile and a warm “hello.”

I have been a hard worker all of my life. In 2008, I was injured to the point that I can no longer work. I now struggle financially, but still continue to fight to stay in my home with Home and Community Based Services.

I want to encourage others who are in the same position to advocate with their legislators. I would like to see a politician who has worked at an average-paying job and helped raise a family so they would have that valuable knowledge and exper-ience when making decisions in our government about budget-ing.

I’m not talking about a politician who has no under-standing or experience who works to find ways to make cuts in our income benefits — cuts that cause us to spend money in ways that make it impossible to survive.

I want people to advocate for themselves with their legislators to help legislators understand some of the struggles we face as individuals with disabilities. You can call the Kansas Legis-lative Hotline at 1-800-432-3924 and leave a brief message regarding your issue. You must state what county and city your live in to make sure the message gets to the right person.

Don Hyde
410 1st St.
St. George

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