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AARP prez to seniors: Pay attention

Last fall, I engaged in an activity I haven’t done in a long time. I joined a bowling league. But, not just any bowling league. It’s a Thursday afternoon league for seniors, appropriately called “Oldies, but Goodies.” Within the group I haven’t heard a peep about the presidential campaigns, and lives certainly don’t revolve around what the Idaho Legislature is doing.

Old geezers, such as myself, are in a pretty nice place. None of the presidential candidates can do much damage to those of us 65 and older; dismantling Social Security and Medicare are not a part of anyone’s platform. At the Idaho Statehouse, lawmakers will do a lot of huffing and puffing on a variety of issues. But they won’t blow down our houses.

Or do I have it wrong? Could these politicians running for president mess up our Social Security and Medicare? Tom Trail of Moscow, the state president of AARP Idaho and former longtime state representative, says seniors ought to be paying attention/Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly. More here.

Question: Columnist Chuck Malloy considers himself to be a geezer at 65. Is 65 geezerdom?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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