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Letter: Suggestions for ways to use state revenue surplus

Regarding the article published Friday titled “North Carolina has plenty of unspent cash,” it’s my turn to weigh in.

What will the Leaders of N.C. do with all that money? Per the article, surplus numbers in recent fiscal years were $290 million, $224 million and $900 million.

I say give it back to “we the people.” We’re the ones that put it there. We seniors deserve a bonus. A big bonus would do nicely but any size would be acceptable. All of us could use one. We’ve never had a bonus since being retired.

Here’s another idea for us seniors: With that extra revenue, it would be nice to have a few vans for transportation — complete with a discount senior card. It would make us feel appreciated knowing it was purchased with our surplus of tax dollars — something we bought for ourselves. These vans could run on a schedule and help us meet our needs.

Why? We need a van that can take us to Walmart or to the grocery store. Maybe it could go the beauty shop or the barber. Maybe some of us could go out to lunch once a month and to a farmers market.

We might be old but we’re not dead yet.

Now, if I were a teacher, this letter would be about that. I can’t say it all in 300 words, but I will plug for them. They could use a big ol’ bonus and a big ol’ raise, too. All those kids and for five days a week. I would give them anything they ask for. Whew! I don’t know how they do it.

I guess it’s because they aren’t seniors. Does Raleigh need ideas about what to do with a surplus? Ask a teacher or a senior.

Gwen Johnson

China Grove

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