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Daily News Editorial

By Staff | Nov 21, 2008

A generation or so ago, most mothers did not work outside the home. Two generations ago, it was common for the elderly to stay in the homes of relatives until the end of their lives.

Now we have daycares and preschools to handle the duties of working mothers and assisting living and longterm care facilities to care for seniors.

As the roles of the extended and nuclear family changed, so has the cost of paying for those changes. Young families now find themselves paying a substantial amount of money for daycare while Baby Boomers are seeing their inheritance go for longterm care.

The entire concept of transfer of wealth in our country is changing. Either the family inheritance is expended for longterm care, or the government, meaning the taxpayers, pick up the cost through Title XIX programs.

While preschool and early childhood programs can largely be deemed a resounding success, our longterm care system is severely broken. Care facilities are capped at what they can bill for Title XIX patients, so they too are feeling the pinch.

In less than 20 years, our longterm care facilities will start to fill with Baby Boomers, those born just after World War II. If we think we have a problem now, just wait.

A little investment now in preventive medicine, home health care and Alzheimer’s research could go far toward preventing a major crisis in longterm care. The fewer people that have to go into longterm care, the easier it will be for taxpayers to continue to support the system.

Daily News Editorial

By Staff | Nov 21, 2008

Wow, what a game!

The Armstrong-Ringsted Mustangs should be nothing but proud after Friday’s state championship football game against Lenox.

The Mustangs came roaring back from behind to hold the lead, but a late touchdown by Lenox narrowly gave the opposing team the victory.

Taking second place in the state football championship for two years in a row is quite an accomplishment.

It’s great to see such a fantastic football program coming out of Emmet County. And one thing A-R players need to remember is that the entire county was behind them.

Congratulations again, Mustangs!

Remembering Kennedy

Today marks the 45th anniversary of the assassination of America’s 35th president, John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

Anyone who was alive at the time remembers exactly what he or she was doing shortly after 12:30 p.m. Central Standard Time on Friday, Nov. 22, 1963.

The Warren Commission report came to the conclusion that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in killing the president. Oswald had been only briefly in police custody when he was assassinated by Jack Ruby.

In today’s Daily News, we interviewed a number of local residents about their memories of that tragic day and its aftermath.

Many believe that the American national mood, indeed, the American consciousness, was changed forever after the Kennedy assassination. The energy and optimism of the 1950s seemed dashed by Kennedy’s assassination.

Still, the hope for the future Kennedy so eloquently expressed in his inaugural address can give us hope in our own time:

“Ask not what your country can do. Ask what you can do for your country.”