Reflecting on the stages of life
Throughout our lives, we touch a lot of people.
Before you are born, you are the twinkle in your father’s eye.
When you are born, you warm your grandmothers’ hearts.
When you are a toddler, you are the apple of your mother’s eye.
When you are in grade school, you become the buddy of your grandfathers.
You form bonds with family and friends that often last a lifetime. When you play well in a game, you are celebrated by your teammates.
As you enter your clumsy teenage years, you are the scourge of your parents. But when you graduate from school, you are their pride.
As a young adult, you finally meet the love of your life.
When you marry, your mother is delighted, but your father sheds a tear. When you have children of your own, your friends and family rejoice.
When you succeed at work, you are the toast of your business associates.
As you retire, you surround yourself with old friends and reminisce. And when you are gone, you reside in the recesses of our loved ones’ memories, all of whom you have touched.
Each person touches many lives, not only receiving love but passing it on to others as well.
And when we gather around the Thanksgiving table, let us give thanks for the blessings we have and the love we share.
Tim Bryce, Palm Harbor
Identify what matters to you
As fellow Americans, the current political drama has moved many of us toward our political corners. Many others have become anesthetized or politically complacent. This is a critical time for our republic. Never has there been a more appropriate time for Americans to find common ground. One way to find common ground may be by recognizing that our leaders and, in particular, our president should, above all else, represent our personal core values. If we agree on this premise, then we have a simple qualifier. I’ve listed 10 common leadership values (in alphabetical order): accountability, compassion, dependability, dignity, honesty, humility, integrity, respect, responsibility and trust. Pick the five most important to you. Ask yourself if our president represents your core values. If he does, stand behind him. If he doesn’t, disqualify him and use the same gauge to vote for someone who does. But please don’t get turned off by the negative rhetoric aimed at doing just that. Instead, tune in, using your core values as your guide.
Charles Gonzalez, St. Petersburg
There ought to be a law
Prescription drug prices
I am an older American, and I want Congress to address skyrocketing prescription drug prices. There are bipartisan proposals in Congress to fix this — so this is the moment to finally enact legislation into law.
Like many seniors, I keep paying higher and higher prices for the medications I need.
Having to choose between putting food on the table and filling life-saving prescriptions is not a choice that anyone should have to make.
Frank Roder, Tampa