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Letter: Caring about the future

Published: Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

I am 87 years old and proud of it. As proud as I am of my age, I am even prouder of the shape I’m in. I still go to a fitness center every day and work out.

While there, I also actively participate in political discussions with a group of friends about the many issues that confront our country today. You see, I’m mentally – as well as physically – fit.

So, what is the reason for what might appear as nothing more than an old man bragging about himself? Simple! I care about the future of my country.

I look about me and see an epidemic of obesity. I look about me and see a country drowning in political apathy.

I look about me and see mindless video games substituted for intellectual pursuits.

Can any nation endure under such conditions? Please listen to your elders. Reject the easy way. Embrace the difficult. Maybe some day you too can make the proud boast – I’m 87!

Chuck Barr

St. Charles

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