Weatherford Democrat


October 4, 2012

COLUMN: Columnist offers another round of "What do you think?"

— About: Andy Williams

The wonderful singer and entertainer Andy Williams died last week at the age of 84. One of the disadvantages of living too long — I’m 92 years young — is that most of your old friends have passed on. That fact also applies to the entertainers of my younger years — Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, Elvis, Helen O’Connell, Rosemary Clooney and many other great singers have all gone to their reward. I last saw Andy Williams in 2010 at his Moon River theater in Branson, Mo. The singer, songwriter and pianist Petula Clark was his guest performer. Andy was in great voice and did 80 percent of the show. Of course, he sang his signature song “Moon River” and it was as great as ever. The greatest tribute to Andy Williams and the other performers mentioned above is that the TV media still shows their reruns; their skills unsurpassed. What do you think?

About: The Middle Class

The media insists on playing up the so-called middle class earnings and tax problems. I find it difficult to feel sorry for a class of people earning $50,000 to $200,000 a year who have mismanaged their finances so as to be now broke and homeless, and are now back living with their hard-working, money-saving parents. These parents probably never bought a super expensive home or went on very expensive vacations. They put their money into savings and retirement funds. They are now bailing out their children. Class distinction is a European way of describing people’s status in life. In our country, you do not belong to a certain class, an individual can belong to any status in life that he desires and is willing to work hard to get. I do not think we should divide people into poor, middle class or rich categories. What do you think?

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