Seniors are Elders.
By Ken Lewis
October 08, 2006
In the native community the term Elders brings forth the asset
of wisdom. I like that form of respect. I find it a bit presumptuous
and near arrogant for any groups whose median age fall short
of senior (Elder) status to speak for them. This would apply
to any multi group's forming with a similar special interest
speaking on behalf of Elders. Some old guys may rather be at
a national league playoff game than a play. Or on a field trip
to Vegas than playing Bingo. I will escort them, if they want
a volunteer. Because I care!
If it is Elders we wish to involve, help or please, consider
my progressive concept.
Let the Elders form two groups, Guys and Gals. Let these two
groups take funds raised through a half penny sales tax and distribute/manage
them to non profit-like groups. Let's rely upon their wisdom
which projects will best benefit this community. If Girl Scouts/
Boy Scouts need assistance building an outpost, or the arts need
a kiln or homeless need a hitting cage, or Big Bro's Big Sis's
start a make a wish foundation, etc, etc. - go before the council
of the WISE. But what ever we do, do not let the females or males
have control of any more than half the pot. The reason for this
is: Old guys may think heated box seats at a high school football
game rate higher than quilting tables to the Gals. Use their
wisdom to pave the way to a better community and recognize the
diversity of Male and Female priorities. Forget this metro sexual-unisex-spandex
pants for all, new millennium thing.
I would vote yes for this type of taxation! Not only would our
infrastructure for programs benefit, I believe it would give
our Elders a sense of involvement, importance, and feel welcome
to all they grant requests of. Not to mention old timers would
get a whole bunch of rump kissing visitors. Talk about holding
I will return to ghost writing Hall-Mark Cards that incessantly
Ketchikan, AK - USA
Received October 05, 2006 - Published October 08, 2006
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