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Mitch McConnell shows need for upper age limit in Washington

To the editor: Let’s flip LZ Granderson’s argument about getting older politicians in the other way.

I do know a few 13-year-olds who’re clever, wise and well-read. Ought to they be capable of vote? Sure, these children ought to. However the overwhelming majority of their friends are far too younger to forged a vote properly.

For each match and advantageous 80-year-old like Mick Jagger, there are probably 30 others in varied states of decline, and plenty of others who by no means made it to 80.

The presidency is approach too essential to not have an higher age restrict for the beginning of a primary time period, and senators have approach too lengthy a time period to not have one. The Supreme Courtroom wants both an higher age restrict or a restricted time period of workplace.

I used to be 8 years previous the final time a sitting president died in workplace; Granderson was not but born. Consider the latest chaos that resulted every time a Supreme Courtroom justice died or resigned, and multiply that by 100 for a president.

Diane Scholfield, Vista


To the editor: Granderson’s article on age being simply an uninformative quantity was spot on. I simply turned 74 and celebrated by using my bike 1,500 miles from Palm Springs to our second house in British Columbia.

My spouse encourages me to train and eat wholesome, however I’ll admit to some age-related points. I’ll most likely want knee alternative surgical procedure as a result of I broken it climbing the second-highest peak on the Norwegian island of Svalbard within the Arctic simply after turning 70.

However I’ll proceed to get pleasure from life by making an attempt issues I by no means thought doable as a youthful man. You understand why? As a result of I inform myself I can.

Del Breckenfeld, Desert Scorching Springs


To the editor: Granderson quotes Dr. Brian Monahan, attending doctor on the U.S. Capitol, as saying about Senate Minority Chief Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.): “Occasional lightheadedness is just not unusual in concussion restoration and will also be anticipated on account of dehydration.”

As an skilled essential care doctor, I noticed the video of McConnell “frozen” and instantly thought he was having a transient ischemic assault (TIA). On condition that this isn’t the primary time this has occurred, I might have anticipated extra concern. In any case, in response to the American Stroke Assn., TIAs generally is a forewarning of one thing extra severe.

Monahan has had a distinguished profession as a hematologist and medical oncologist. I ponder if he’s going to defer to the opinion of a neurologist with regard to McConnell.

Dr. Christopher B. Cooper, Los Angeles

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