Breaking News Bar
posted: 7/22/2013 4:40 AM

Listen to elders: I'm 87 and proud of it

Success - Article sent! close

Listen to elders: I'm 87 and proud of it

I am 87 years old and proud of it. As proud as I am of my age, I'm 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 am epidemic of obesity. I look abut 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 long endure under such conditions?

Please listen to your elders. Reject the easy way. Embrace the difficult. Maybe someday you too can make the proud boast -- I'm 87.

Chuck Barr Jr.

St. Charles

Article Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.