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PAGE 4 THE FLORALA NEWS - WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2018 The Florala News' editorial section is intended to provide our readers and citizens as complete an opportunity to express themselves with as few restrictions as possible. Profanity, direct or implied, and attacks on one's person rather than on actions or deeds are not acceptable. Publication on this page in NO WAY REFLECTS AGREEMENT OR ENDORSEMENT BY THIS NEWSPAPER. l The old saw that suggests you can't teach an old dog new tricks misses the mark The oldest segments of the population are also the fastest growing segments of the American labor force, according to the Bu- reau of Labor Statistics. The BLS reports that younger members of the workforce have a stable, lower level of participation but the numbers of older workers - those 65 to 75 and older - are expected to increase steadily through 2024 "It's a good thing," says Dan Weber, presi- dent of the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC]. "The reason: an older work- force is a more engaged workforce. Gallup says that older workers are more 'involved in and enthusiastic about their work and are more productive in their workplaces - than younger workers. People are not only living longer these days, they're living healthier, more active lives. That, combined with the greater freedom at home that comes with reduced family obligations, makes older em- ployees more focused on the satisfaction of a job well don e." Weber also points out that employers gain a competitive advantage by utilizing the ex- perience and know-how of older workers and taking advantage of the knowledge they've gained over the years. The Society for Human Resource Manage- ment conducted research and "found that the top three advantages of older workers, com- pared with other workers, are more work ex- perience (77%), higher level of maturity/pro- fessionalism (71%) and stronger work ethic (70%)." The SHRM reported that 92% of Hu- man Resource professionals who participated Editor, I awoke on Sunday morning at 3:30 a.m. I couldn't sleep thinking and praying about the upcoming midterm elections on Tuesday, November 6th. I realized this was the most important election I will ever have in my life- time and maybe yours also. This election will determine the direction and fate of our coun- try for the next several years. I turned eighty-three on October 30th, and have been involved in politics for many years. I feel a personal responsibility to all my friends and neighbors from Paxton, Florala, and Lockhart, the tri-city area to get out and vote. Every one's vote counts! As you may not know, I was president of the Tri-Cities Cham- ber of Commerce for 6 years and finally decid- ed to go back to work. My wife, Kathy, wrote a column for The Florala News called "Kathy's Korner" for several years. We love this area and our home and have lived here since 1990. We are very fortunate to be living in this lit- tle corner of the world where everyone is so in the study "indicated employees in their or- ganizationsare receptive to working with old- er workers (92%), learning from older workers (91%) and being mentored by older workers (86%) to 'some' or a 'great extent'." In addition, working seniors have a positive effect on the economy. They have more dispos- able income and, as a result, have created a growth market for private sector companies catering to their needs. Meanwhile, the AMAC chief acknowledges that workplaces have become more dependent on new and developing technologies than ever before. And, Weber admits that some employ- ers might think that seniors who remain on the job as they grow older might not be able to adapt. But, headds, the old saw that suggests you can't teach an old dog new tricks misses the mark, noting that the former chairman of General Electric, Jack Welch, proved it. In 1999, Welch created what he called a re- verse mefltoring program at GE that paired "employees in their 20s and 30s who were knowledgeable about the Internet and inter- ested in new technology with executives--in- cluding Welch, himself--who were novices in that realm." It was an initiative that The Sloan Cen- ter on Aging & Work at Boston College says quickly caught on. The Sloan Center described it as a Cross- Generational Transfer of Knowledge About Social Media in a report on how The Hartford created its own, successful program. The re- port concluded: "The opportunities for learn- ing and open discussion that reverse mentor- ing provides are fluid and countless. The new relationships formed by mentors and mentees can be inspiring and genuine." Ageism is still a problem for older workers, according to Weber, but there are signs that neighborly and loves our beautiful area. I was fortunate to have met President Trump in 1989 in New York City at Trump Towers. I employers are waking up to the reality that there are a lot of benefits to keeping senior employees on their payrolls and hiring from the fast-growing pool of older job seekers. "They are beginning to realize that seniors can adapt to new ways, as Jack Welch proved, and that they can be excellent role models for younger workers, that their enthusiasm is in- fectious, that in most cases the work means more to them than their paychecks and, of course, that they have had a lifetime of learn- ing from their mistakes." There are benefits to having seniors in the workplace, says AMAC The old saw that suggests you can't teach an old dog new tricks misses the mark - The Association of Mature American Citizens [http: / /www.amac.us] is a vibrant, vital senior ad- vocacy organization that takes its marching orders from its members. They act and speak on their be- half, protecting their interests and offering a prac- tical insight on how to best solve the problems they face today. Live long and make a difference by join- ing at ht tp: //amac. us/join-amac. : 27 58 24 5O 65 10 32 52 61 m m was very impressed with him and was happy e $111/month, n your Medica :I to see him run for President and win. Because supplement insurance plan: [ we know President Trump and his family, we] :,ta,atequote of course, are very supportive of his policies Ca, for [ today. No o~. No obligation, eH~!'~'~ and leadership. He i, a God-fearing and lov- I ing man who loves America and will do every- thing in his power to keep us safe and he will, ; "Make America Great Again"! THEME: TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY 5. Hang out with 6. Wisecrack 7. * Tube 8. Moldy-smelling 9. "Ant-Man" leading actor 10. Having the know-how 11. Swerve 12. Go wrong 15. Diced tomatoes pack- aging 20. African American civil rights org. 22. Octopus' defense 24. Layered pastry of Eu- ropean descent 25. *Like modern mob 26. Fashion designer Karan Our son, John "Skip", as you may know him, is also very supportive of President Trump and his family. Please go to the polls on Tuesday, November 6th and cast your vote for the candidates you support and some impor- tant amendments. We live in the best country in the world. From our family to yours, God bless you and yours. Most sincerely, /s/Lt. Colonel John W. "Bill" Kearns Kathy Kearns, and son, John W. Kearns, Jr. ACROSS 1. "An American in Paris" song " -In" 6. Fitness venue 9. Five-star review 13. Desert wanderer's hope 14. Debtor's letters 15. Sweet potato, e.g. 16. Annoying tiny biters 17. Greyhound, e.g. 18. Lazybones 19. *It runs on iOS 21. *Swipe right, swipe left app 23. *21st century of Com- 27. Off kilter LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: mon 29. Floatsoda 24. *U-- te an iPod31.50 percent 25. Public health org.32. Palate lobe 28. Diplomat's forte 33. Birth-related 30. 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