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Sorrowful goodbye to the summer Olympics

Updated: September 17, 2012 12:52PM



The summer Olympics are over, and some of you are happy about that, and others, like me, are bummed that they’re over for another four years.

I watched every swim event and diving with my heart pounding just as though I were in the stands cheering. Then there was beach volleyball, gymnastics, soccer, basketball, volleyball, track, and lesser-known sports such as cycling, horsemanship, water polo, and many that I had never heard of before.

I guess that’s what made it so interesting. There is something about the Olympics, with 204 countries participating and people from all over the world watching, that, at least for a short time, brings every ethnicity, nationality, and religion together.

Great Britain did an excellent job of providing security that kept athletes, coaches and spectators safe. And the closing ceremony, with its pageantry, was spectacular (even though there were only three songs that I recognized).

Rio de Janeiro has a lot to live up to in four years. I must honestly admit that I don’t know why any country would want to host the Olympics with all it entails, and the overwhelming amount of money it takes.

I’m just glad somebody invented television!

Only a little more than a week to go, and the brand new state-of-the-arc Porter Regional Hospital will be open for business. The only thing more outstanding than the well-equipped facility is the “old” staff who will continue to care for us in an A+ manner.

We are blessed in Porter County. A sincere thank you to all those whose vision has become reality, and who cared enough about us to bring the best of health care right here in our neighborhood.

I’m sure I’ll have reason to go there sometime, but I hope it’s only as a visitor!

In keeping with health care, if you did not read the “Our View” in Tuesday’s Post-Tribune on the Opinion page, please take time to find it, and take seriously the acts of Congress that will really be a detriment to those of you who will be counting on Medicare and Social Security to be there for you as you age.

The proposed cuts are irresponsible to those who will be retiring in the next 10 to 20 years.

I am by no means “up” on political knowledge, and frankly have little faith in politics, but I sure don’t want to see those of you who expect to have your retirement secure, be blindsided.

The American Association of Retired Persons is launching a campaign called “You’ve Earned a Say,” and if you are younger than 50, you need to have a say, and there are two short handbooks that are must-reads. Do yourself a favor and go to www.earnedasay.org to learn how to help combat this gap in your future.

The too-hot summer is behind us, and here it is time for school to begin again.

Next week those big yellow vehicles will be driving around our neighborhoods picking up little ones who are eager to get back to the classroom, and the teenagers who are still half asleep, and not quite as joyous to be going on that bus.

All of us need, once again, to be extra aware. Put down the cellphones, coffee and doughnuts and really concentrate on driving when a school bus is near. Pay close attention to those flashing lights that warn a stop is next. Be aware — take care!

Then I hope you have a great day because you deserve it.

Thanks for reading. Fly your flag.



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