January 18, 2009 |
The 41st president made it sound so simple. In his agenda on the day he became president in 1989, George H.W. Bush wrote in longhand: "6 a.m. -- catch 3 news shows. Drink Coffee -- Play with grand kids -- Pray -- Go to WHouse -- Go to Cap Hill -- Get Sworn in." President-elect Barack Obama's inaugural celebration, on the other hand, is going to go on for days.
May 21, 2000 |
To the chagrin of the most powerful lobby for older Americans, Republican George W. Bush appears to have struck a vein of political gold with his call to allow workers to divert some of their Social Security payroll taxes into personal investment accounts in the stock market. At the AARP convention here, the appeal of the stock market as a partial substitute for Social Security got a surprisingly positive response among the very constituency that once feared any change in the program.
March 8, 1999 |
Call it Laguna confusion. Leisure World residents, who voted last week to make themselves California's 472nd city--and the nation's first gated city for seniors--chose a name that has some people scratching their heads: Laguna Woods. Never mind that it's seven miles from the nearest beach and isn't known for its lagunas--Spanish for lagoon or small lake. Forget that the closest thing to rustic woods in this enclave of retirees is the well manicured shrubbery.
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March 7, 1999 |
There'll be no harangues from militant parents over building soccer fields. No noisy demands on City Hall to stop the bulldozers and save the gnatcatcher. And certainly no crackdown on dope smoking behind the gym. That's exactly what the sociopolitical landscape looks like in the new city of Laguna Woods, where the average age is 77 and officials are more likely to be worried about wayward golf carts than banzai skateboarders.
March 4, 1999 |
The outside world may largely look upon Leisure World as the sunny place where senior citizens go to live out their final years playing shuffleboard and bingo, but residents this week vividly demonstrated that they have something bigger in mind. On Tuesday, by a 342-vote margin, residents created America's first gated city made up of senior citizens.
February 17, 1996 |
"Go home and pick up any history book, and look what happened in America . . . " President Clinton voiced his dare while campaigning in New Hampshire recently. He was referring to that tumultuous time in American life "when we moved from farm to factory, when we moved from being a rural country to a more urbanized one." Tumult is upon us again, as industrialism yields to information. And what do the patterns of history say now?