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  •  Actually, (0+ / 0-)

    I could write a book about what a young person
    has done for me lately. Somehow I doubt it would be "lofty" enough for a thinking person such as yourself.

    "Show up. Pay attention. Tell the truth. And don't be attached to the results." -- Angeles Arrien

    by Sybil Liberty on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 01:51:22 PM PST

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    •  Its one thing when a person has to retire, (0+ / 0-)

      because they really have lost their ability to work, or want to because they lost their desire. But there is this mentality out there that says, once a person hit's a certain age, it's time to retire them, which as often as not, means put them on a shelf or throw them away.

      These are people we are talking about here. People who just might love their jobs, who just might still have what it takes to perform their duties with excellence. The expectation that "old" people step aside to me, feeds into that.

      We loose so much when we force our elders into silence and exile.

      Would the younger workers be bullied as easily if the elders were there, to nip that in the bud? Would the younger workers learn some of the rules of engagement better if their elders were there to help them out with that?

      Going for the newest, the latest and greatest isn't an instant recipe for success. Sometimes it's just throwing the baby out with the bathwater.

      •  If you're presuming that's my mentality, (1+ / 0-)
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        you would be wrong. At age 74, I simply believe that raising the mandatory age to collect earned benefits to age 70 is insane for those of us whose jobs would have seen us in wheelchairs or immobilized by the time we reached our "sunset years".

        I had the option to collect reduced benefits at age 62 which I took, so that I could fill the roll of caregiver to a family member. Shouldn't future retirees have that same option? That those young and seeking full-time employment might see a few job openings as a result? How is that a bad thing?

        "Show up. Pay attention. Tell the truth. And don't be attached to the results." -- Angeles Arrien

        by Sybil Liberty on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 07:41:07 AM PST

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        •  I agree with you: (0+ / 0-)
          At age 74, I simply believe that raising the mandatory age to collect earned benefits to age 70 is insane for those of us whose jobs would have seen us in wheelchairs or immobilized by the time we reached our "sunset years".
          I misunderstood your original post. I thought you meant it just that old people should just get out of the way.

          My mistake.

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