2017-06-16 / Letters

Seniors should be revered, not run out of town

I find it appalling that the seniors requesting to reside in Village at the Park have survived World War II, Korea, Vietnam and the Great Depression only to be defeated on their own soil, in their own town. They’ve bled for their country, starved for their country, buried loved ones for their country, sacrificed the best years of their lives for their country, and for what—to be cast aside in their golden years. In my opinion they should have the best, most sought-after parcel in every town.

The lot in front of Rancho Rosal Elementary School makes perfect sense. Both students and seniors would benefit. Students could hone their reading skills to appreciative listeners and, in exchange, the seniors could impart their wisdom to our youth.

Students would learn about courageous heroes, unlikely friends, soda jerks and how much candy you could buy with a nickel—no reading required; hear real-life experiences of what it was like to live through the Great Depression, ration stamps, rotary phones, party lines, outhouses, one-room schoolhouses and listening to the radio as a family. Stories, memories, history would be preserved that otherwise would have been lost.

Our elders should be revered, their knowledge and experiences shared. Students at Rancho Rosal and the community as a whole would greatly benefit from listening to those who’ve gone before us. If they are out of sight, they are out of mind. Keep them a part of the community.

Make room for seniors. If it weren’t for them, we wouldn’t be here.

Angele Gomes

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