Native Writes: The changes of age

As most of my readers know, I am no “spring chicken.” The deficiencies of age can’t be escaped, though some folks get away with fewer changes.

Memories are weights around the neck for us all, though some folks won’t admit to bad ones. I thought the “Bubble Boy” died. No one lives a normal life without some low points.

Because of this, I have been weaning away from my favorite TV shows. Jeopardy has been a staple for years and I wonder what will happen now that Alex Trebek is gone. I had to giggle when I read that George Stephanopoulos is among the possibilities. When he was working in the White House, he was the only staffer whose haircut had its own fan club.

My peers declared that he was cute, cute, cute. Today, he’s showing some wear.

Whoever gets the job, betting sites are taking wagers and there are so many more nominees.
I still remember good things — and bad.

However, I missed Veterans Day due to illness and remembered the year that there was no parade planned Nov. 11 but would be the next day. I stood alone at the corner of Main and State with a poster swearing the 11th hour, 11th day, 11th month was a sacred patriotic holiday.

It is, but the fervor has waned.

The Korean War vets are the older statesmen and women now and the youngsters coming home from other places of conflict on the globe are slow to take control of the organizations. The American Legion is chartered by Congress and the Veterans of Foreign Wars is nationally accepted, so the members have the ability to lobby for benefits.

They also have a right to speak out.

The silence is deafening. Kudos to Lewis Entz and Larry Crowther, who have helped make many changes and progress in our Valley.

There are still people missing in action and presumed dead. Most are Vietnam Vets and up in years, but that’s no death warrant.

The voices calling for their recovery are quiet and I, for one, savor the news when bones found at a crash site are identified as someone on the list.

Need for positive news is urgent, but the youngsters have yet to speak. Let’s all listen.


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