Letter to the Editor: It’s time politicians had more respect for seniors

Politicians these days seem to be excluding any mention of seniors whether it be locally, statewide or nationally. I guess I should say any respectful mention as well as not at all. They do refer to seniors as “gray hairs”, “blue hairs”, “do nothing”, “too old”, and more disparaging comments. This has to stop.

These wonderful seniors are children of the Greatest Generation. The Greatest Generation philosophy when raising their own children was that you work for everything you get, saving money no matter how little at a time should be a primary goal, nothing was free, respect for adults was paramount, honesty is a virtue, assertion but not aggression, trust is honorable, love of family, loyalty to friends and family, eating healthy, be firm but fair, and besides more that could be named, they instilled the importance of voting into their children.

Those are just some of the accolades that can be attributed to the seniors of today.

Why are they ignored by politicians? Seniors are the ones who definitely go out to vote. You don’t even have to ask. Seniors today are keeping small businesses open no matter what the season. In tourist areas, seniors are keeping restaurants open year-round. It is because of these seniors that doctors, medical specialists and hospitals expand in areas as never before.

Spending is more prevalent among seniors because they saved all their lives. They do resent comments heard that they are the ones that can afford higher taxes. How dare! No one else knows how to save, so now seniors have to take on the burden?

How unfair it is for these dismissive comments to be made about our seniors. With Social Security now only going up 1.6% and so many only having money in CDs with no pension, this thinking is unacceptable.

Politicians must have more respect for our seniors. It would be nice if they made them believe it. What are you doing for our seniors?

Diane Meyer

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