This is not one of those blogs where you are supposed to take me literally. I could just see large soggy boxes with nothing but a top hat, three pieces of coal, a carrot and a corn cob pipe waiting for me in the lobby at the Register.
It is a truism that people overestimate what can happen in two years and underestimate what can happen in five. When you think about the web, it's really remarkable what's happened to it in the last five years. Facebook was a month old in March of 2004.
Will someone please explain to me why there is vocal opposition and demonstration opposing the price of gasoline, yet no consumer action against the price of home heating? Is it because people have no problem affording home heating? Do heating bills really give us no cause for concern?
I used to cringe when a black cat would cross my path and think "Oh no, seven more years of bad luck." But after all of those years totaled triple digits (a lot of cats run across the street while I am driving to assignments in a given day) I stopped cringing.
I remember when I was going to night school in 1998 to earn my graduate certificate in gerontology the professors were teaching students that, "Today's senior citizen population is the wealthiest and the healthiest older population our country has ever seen." (The professors were referring to tho
Middle-age people and those just entering into retirement are not doing the research to really financially prepare for the costs as they grow older. Nor are they prepared for the length of time they are likely live.
There is a term that senior citizens are becoming familiar with. It's called "the donut hole.” In real English it means you have exhausted your Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage and all of your medication costs come out of your own wallet.
My previous blog, "My thoughts about angry bloggers and why they exist," seems to have resonated with quite a few people — pro and con. I enjoyed the largely respectful discourse, but I'd like to experiment with one of the points made by the readers.
Serving Our Seniors has started to study Erie County's older population (65 to 75-years-old) and those "soon-to-be" senior citizens (55 to 62-years-old). The responses to the surveys have been returned and the data is now being tabulated.
Clearly Erie County residents are interested in the issue of what is being done so the "average Joe" can afford to heat their home this winter. One hundred and sixty people attended the public forum Sept. 8, "Affording Home Heating: What's In Our Future - Part II."
There was a time when older people didn't have rights. When their mental or physical capacity started to deterorate, it wasn't uncommon for someone to step in, take over and give little or no respect to the wishes of that older person. Decades ago that was what aging was like.