August 4, 2013

Letters to the editor: Looming hospital closure deplored

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You missed an opportunity to present encouraging news about our older population. Over the past couple of decades, Maine has enjoyed a steady in-migration of senior adults who recognize that Maine is a great place to spend the rest of one's life.

These folks sold their homes in metropolitan areas and moved to less expensive homes in Maine's cities and villages. They have lowered their overhead and also, in most cases, their blood pressure.

Once here, they have become our most enthusiastic volunteers, involved in our churches and libraries, our service clubs and charities, investing their time and money in their new hometowns. The energy and generosity they bring to Maine are warmly appreciated.

Rather than celebrate the fact that so many have chosen to enjoy the rest of their lives in Maine, you focus on the miseries sadly shared equally by older folks living in any of the 50 states, leaving the impression that older folks are a burden, not a joy.

The welcome growth of our senior population should not be denigrated by political claims that the state is not doing enough to meet the needs of its elderly residents.

As for "the onslaught of aging baby boomers yet to come," let's hope more of them end up coming to live in Maine. Our best, most logical economic growth is tied directly to population growth. That, in turn, will generate more job opportunities for us all.

Alan L. Baker


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