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October 22, 2013

EDITORIALS: Government's true colors; A graying population

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Some wags have taken to calling the park service the paramilitary arm of the Democratic National Committee because of its aggressive efforts to make the federal shutdown more painful. But it isn’t the only agency that seems to be going out of its way to cause pain to average citizens. The White House ordered federal agencies to shut down nonessential websites, even if “the costs of shutdown exceed the costs of maintaining services.”

Think about that.

One of the more heartening signs we’ve seen recently are all of the photos of average Americans defying the government’s edicts, removing the traffic cones, dismantling the barriers and fences, and simply enjoying their national parks.

We can think of no better response to the contempt with which Washington has been treating the American people.

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Plans needed to handle graying population

(The Mankato Free Press / Mankato, Minn.)

People turning a 100 years old isn’t as rare as it used to be, so we shouldn’t be surprised to find out that the life expectancy of the world’s population is rapidly increasing.

The problem is that it’s happening so fast that most countries are not prepared. A study recently issued by the United Nations and an elderly rights group now provides the data to put that problem into perspective and should prompt world leaders to give the issue the attention it deserves.

The report reveals that nations are simply not working quickly enough to cope with a graying population. By 2050, for the first time in history, seniors older than 60 will outnumber children younger than 15.

Of course the fact that people are living longer speaks highly of advances in health care and nutrition. But with that comes the reality that many countries still fail to address basic needs for their senior citizens, such as health care and housing.

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