Righteous Indignation

I am a Seasoned Citizen and I am pissed!! We are being penalized because we prefer to read newspapers rather than look at computer-generated news.  

I love The Somers Record and read it avidly every week. I also receive daily newspapers to keep up with world breaking news and local daily news from Westchester and Putnam counties. Television news shows seem to me more like entertainment and photo ops. I also enjoy doing daily crossword puzzles and word games, filling them in with an eraser-tipped pencil, to hopefully keep my frontal lobes from atrophying.  

I received a letter today from my local daily paper informing me of a $14 monthly increase for seven days of delivery. For someone living on a fixed income, $168 a year is quite a jump, so I called its customer service department to inquire whether anything could be done to reduce the increase.  

Sign Up for E-News

Get this: If I chose to have Monday through Saturday or Monday through Friday, it would cost only $20 per month. I couldn’t figure out why five days and six days would be the same price and neither could the representative or even his supervisor...which means if I want to receive the Sunday edition, it would cost me $36 MORE a month. Ridiculous!! 

Now wait till you hear their reasoning when I asked if there might be a discount for Seasoned Citizens–it’s because of us that they have to raise their fees. WE are the people who want to hold a paper in our hands and, therefore, must pay for the privilege.

Believe it or not, I have never before inquired about a Seasoned Citizen discount anywhere, but $14 more a month really seems excessive. I can, of course, cancel the paper, but that’s like cutting off my nose to spite my face. What I’m so angry about is we are being penalized and forced monetarily to relinquish another of our enjoyments in order to fit in and become technically correct. We are, in essence, being penalized for LIVING TOO LONG.

How about people, and there are still quite a few, who don’t have computers? Must they, because of limited income, be ill-informed because they cannot afford to enter the computer age? Newspapers can be read in libraries, but you have to go every day and they usually have only one copy of each. What if you’re bedridden or can’t afford a car or bus fare? Are we heading toward a society where those over a certain age should be systematically eliminated if they don’t fit into the accepted “norm?”

It’s not that Seasoned Citizens expect special privileges, but we do feel our needs are as great as anyone else’s and should be taken into consideration. I fervently hope that books and newspapers as we have known them will never disappear because they are not only familiar but are satisfying in a pleasingly tacticle way as well. Once again, we are throwing out the baby with the bathwater.

The opinions expressed herein are the writer's alone, and do not reflect the opinions of TAPinto.net or anyone who works for TAPinto.net. TAPinto.net is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the writer.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Somers

'Help Me! Get Me Out of Here!'

Last week I chatted with a long-time friend from my IBM days. We caught up on our families, friends, thoughts about the world and whatever else came to mind. We revisited, finally with humor, the time we got stuck in the elevator at work. Mind you, she suffers from claustrophobia.

“Claustrophobia: the fear of being enclosed in a small space or room and having no escape.” I’ve ...

Greetings From Pyeongchang

For those of you who are too busy to watch the Winter Olympics this year, I have been covering the events for The Somers Record. It all started with the opening ceremonies, which, using complicated special effects and choreography, told the story of five Korean children who travel from the past to the future, learning of the country’s history and culture. They return to the present, where ...

An Ongoing Comedy of Errors

Shelley Berman, where are you? My sister and I have just experienced one of your hysterical sketches in real life.

For those who don’t remember or weren’t around, Shelley Berman was a monologist back in the 1970s whose routine usually consisted of frustrating telephone encounters. In one of his most famous skits, he engages in conversation with a telephone operator in a department ...

Should Valentine's Day Be Celebrated at School?

Dear Dr. Linda,

I’ve been a third-grade teacher for over 20 years and have never allowed my students to celebrate Valentine’s Day in my class. I know my colleagues think I’m mean, but I’m refusing to celebrate it for many reasons.

1) Children hand out cards to each other and there’s always some child left out or who gets very few; 2) Children are always asked ...

I Love 'I Hate Halet'

Let’s face it, folks. Not everyone loves Shakespeare. Not even all actors. Andrew Rally is one of them. In fact, where there’s a Will, there’s a way Andrew will find to avoid acting in one of those famously timeless plays. And for good reason. Shakespeare tests, to the fullest, an actor’s mettle, and Andrew is strictly a TV actor.

He has just ended a star turn in the ...

I Am Woman, Hair Me Roar

When you have short hair, it is inevitable that you will spend an inordinate amount of time growing your hair out and then getting fed up and cutting it again. I have been down this hair-brained road several dozen times before, complaining for months until I am convinced my husband is going to cut it all off while I sleep just so he doesn’t have to listen to me whine about it one more ...

Upcoming Events

Sat, February 24, 10:00 AM

Jefferson Valley Mall , Yorktown Heights

Yorktown Indoor Farmers Market

Food & Drink Health & Wellness

Sun, February 25, 10:30 AM

Yorktown Heights

Kids Hamantash Bake

Religions And Spirituality

Mon, February 26, 7:00 PM

Westchester Collaborative Theater, Ossining

WCT Scene/Monologue Study Open For Enrollment Now

Arts & Entertainment Education Other

NYSEG Customers 'Deserve an Explanation' of Ballooning Rates

February 22, 2018

The following is a letter sent by Hudson Valley lawmakers to Carl Taylor, president of NYSEG:

Our offices have been inundated with [calls from] frustrated constituents who have recently received their electric bills for the month of January. Some claim their bills have quadrupled compared to the previous month. A recent review of your website shows no issuance of a press release to customers ...

Cuba Goes Country

February 16, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

RELEASE: “Cuba Goes County” to be held at The Palmer in Cuba, NY.

For more information or to schedule and interview, contact Theater Manager Michele Conklin at (585) 209-5512.

The Palmer Opera House is hosting “Cuba Goes Country” on Sunday March 11th- at 2:00 PM

Come join us for a boot stompin', toe tappin' afternoon of country ...

'Are You Friggin' Kidding Me?'

February 15, 2018

Faye M. DeSanto

Guest Columnist

I never watched the hit TV Show “Mad Men.” My best friend, who rarely watches TV, recommended it to me when it was gaining its first good reviews. I said, “I lived through that time period. I can see no good coming from reminding men about that sexist era.” Little did I know how right I was.

My husband drooled over the short-lived ...