June 3, 2011

On the Go With Joe Hutter

joeSeniors And Law
Enforcement Together (SALT)

By Joe Hutter

Yes, it is June and summer is here. Last month, I had the opportunity to be a speaker for the Bendix retirees at their monthly meeting. Dorothy Hiller invited me, and I met a lot of retirees who are now seniors. They were surprised when I gave them information on sending money in the mail to non-profit organizations. They found out CEOs receive huge salaries, and it is questionable how much of the money they send is actually used for the program and how much is used for administration costs.

Have you ever heard of anyone from your area who won anything from Publisher’s Clearing House? My mail said someone with the initials J.H. is definitely going to be a winner. Of what, they don’t say. Someone in my T.V. area will DEFINITELY win a major prize of $1,000…Do you know that person? 50 Plus Lifestyles covers about the same area.

With summer also comes home repair rip-offs and disputes. You need to beware of scams at your door steps. Check out and interview contractors. Get several written estimates, check the best and get a contract in writing. Last but not least, avoid paying large sums of money up front. If you have concerns, call 1-888-777-4590, the Consumer Protection Division of the Iowa Attorney General’s Office.

Be aware of envelopes that say in red letters “Check Enclosed.” Read the small print. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is too good to be true!

For any questions or to set up a speaker for your next event, call Pam in the Scott County Sheriff’s Office
at (563) 326-8217. You are also always welcome at our Triad S.A.L.T. (Seniors And Law enforcement Together) meetings. They are held on the fourth Wednesday of every month at CASI. We hope you can be there!