by Ethel M. Austin
With a little better weather, everyone seems to be more cheerful
and a bit more animated. The phone has been ringing off the hook
with all kinds of questions. Understand, I am not complaining
about this as any question I can answer, I will try to do, but
there seem to be spells when I am called upon to answer questions
that have never come my way before. These particular questions,
however, were of a more cheerful type, and showed some effort
on the askers' parts to try to solve their own problems.
There is no doubt that the older we get the less confident we
feel that we can solve our own problems.
But it is good training if we try, and then seek some assurance
that we are on the right track. And that is what most of these
queries were. However, I am always there if you can't solve an
issue or if you just need reassurance.
Have you checked out your insurances recently?
At least every three years or so do a little investigating by
calling different companies and getting estimates on your various
holdings. I was inspired to check on auto insurance by a memo
in my bank statement. I was able to get the same coverage for
$60, less than I was formerly paying. You know how high car
insurance is in Hartford. See if you can't lower your obligations
with your own efforts, a good driving record and low mileage.
It is worth the effort.
Life insurance increases with age so lower premiums would be
doubtful. However, home insurance and property casualty might
be less of a burden as standards change. What holds most people
back from trying to make a change in the cost of these is that
they have known their insurance agent for an age. No harm done
if he has been good to you. Just be gentle to him if you prove
him wrong. Don't forget, also, that if you can get more that
one insurance from the same company, or take the Senior driving
class from AARP or AAA, you also can get a discount. Check it
out, it costs you nothing but a phone call or three and a little
Coming up over the next Saturday and Sunday at the Civic Center
is a trade show called "Papermania." This is an antique
show just made for seniors. A friend of mine who helps to put
this show on tells me that he makes his best collections of music,
posters and other things he deals in from seniors. They go to
the show and ask him if he'd be interested in what has been piling
up in their attics for years.
Big interest is any War correspondence, pictures of note, programs
and posters of theater events. postcards, magazines, trading
cards, autographs and much, much more
Saturday from 10 AM to 6 PM, Sunday, 11 AM to 5 PM. For additional
information call Paul Gipstein of Hillcrest Promotions, 529-7582
or 563-9975. Sunday's price for seniors is only $3, for all others
the entrance fee is $6.
In last week's column there was a typo in the phone number for
the Court House Volunteer spot at their information desk. If
you called last week try again on 566-8350 and ask for Roseanne
Purtill who can tell you all about it.
The dismaying story of President Clinton's recent problems is
somewhat mystifying. Everyone has an opinion, and 70% of the
American public seems to feel that it does not interfere with
his running the country and that everyone should just forget
about it. However, since the news media pushes it in our faces
at every turn, it is somewhat difficult to do .
Those of us who have struggled through the Great Depression,
and World War II have seen a world gone crazy. Whatever anyone
wants to do, they do it and expect it to be OK with every one
else. Our city streets are littered with trash because the litterers
don't care. The building I have lived in for 38 years has had
its lawn and gardens destroyed by both children and adults who
seem to think that because they pay rent they also can make the
halls, yards, front steps and grass a part of their living quarters.
Cars and open-windowed apartments blare a bang-bang kind of noise
that passes for music . We have torn down buildings with grace
and charm and replaced them with glass boxes. All around us children
are killing children, everyone who wants to go swimming at night
cuts through fences to do it, heads of committees and others
in top positions are absconding with cash, or not doing their
job. It is a crazy world.
If the president doesn't set family values, if any of our leaders
think it is alright to do what they want, if pastors, teachers,
priests, or others responsible for the care of children molest
them, who can we rely on to return us to a reasonably moral society,
free of drugs and danger?
I don't have any solution for Mr. Clinton, the harm is done.
We do need a leader with a moral outlook, not just for his party
but for the country, for each state and each city. Is there any
hope that we can get it?
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