Monday, September 3, 2012

Letters: Seniors should look out for next generation

In USA TODAY's article "The underlying duel of 2012: Seniors vs. Millennials," GOP volunteer Immo Sulyok is quoted saying about Election Day: "I'll be there, or I'll be dead."
As will I, but my vote will be for President Obama ("A defining gap: Seniors for Romney, Millennials for Obama")

 I believe that our major concern should be educating our young. It is unbelievably arrogant for seniors like me to worry about only our welfare, finances and health. We had our day in the sun.
The future generation is being short-changed by cuts in education spending and the increasing cost of higher education. We are witnessing the dumbing-down of America.

There is also so much misinformation floating around about the Affordable Care Act and so much we mere citizens do not understand. Many rely on radio or TV talk-show hosts to teach us, and unfortunately, the hosts "teach" their opinions. Perhaps we should still think for ourselves.

Joan LaRose; San Diego

Older voters remember There is a different sense of history that divides Millennials and those 65 and older. Older voters remember the Cuban missile crisis, the Cold War and the hot Korean War and Vietnam conflict.

Seniors served and sacrificed in Korea and Vietnam to defend the free world against communism. They have seen what communism wrought in Eastern Europe and Asia. This brave generation will vote in droves for Mitt Romney to prevent President Obama from transforming a free America into a socialist or communist one.

Paul Hoylen Jr.; Deming, N.M.

Elderly rely on entitlements The great majority of older Americans are expected to vote for Mitt Romney, the Republican nominee for president, in the upcoming election. Ironically, most of these senior citizens depend heavily on Social Security and Medicare for survival. Both of these programs were enacted by Democratic presidents and Congresses controlled by Democrats! What are these seniors thinking?

Bob Hamlett; Nashville

 GOP plan causes concerns While I am 65 years old, I do not support Mitt Romney or any Republican. ("The underlying duel of 2012 Seniors vs. Millennials"). It is surprising to me that any senior thinks otherwise, given Rep. Paul Ryan's proposed budget that would mean deep spending cuts.

Also, while President Obama might want to keep lower college loan interest rates, the task is ultimately that of Congress. Finally, if Republican volunteer Beverly Rubin, 62, does not want socialized medicine, then I expect her to not participate in Medicare once she turns 65.

Brian Hoover; Independence, Mo.

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