The geezer reads several blogs devoted largely to bemoaning the evils of discrimination against older folks. One problem often addressed is lack of equal employment opportunities. Another involves cost-of-living adjustments that fail to recognize increased needs of seniors for expensive health services.
However, news from a nearby city,
shows the old caution, “be careful what you wish for,” might sometimes be good
advice. Portage, MI
For many years, every
homeowner age 62 or older got a 10 percent discount on water and sewer bills. A
rate study committee appointed by the City Council recently recommended
|What? No discount!|
As a consequence, about 3,000 elderly
Portage residents lost their rate benefit.
Surely at least a few believed they deserved the break. How many appeared at a
hearing to protest the change? Zero!
What’s next? Will Applebee’s cancel my 10 percent senior discount because some miscreant seeks a ruling that it is unconstitutional? Will Denny’s start charging full price for my morning coffee? Will all who favor seniors fall in line in a sort of discount domino effect? Carried to the extreme, this kind of stuff could put insurance goliath AARP out of business.
Clearly, demands for equality should be considered carefully. After all, anyone can see we geezers deserve to be more equal than others.