My letters to the VCReporter regarding Paul Moomjean’s Op-Eds have mostly been critical, but his current “Football frenzy” (Right Persuasion, 1/30) submission I support wholeheartedly. Is the caricature of manhood shown of Super Bowl Sunday really that established in our psyche? If so, why is being called a Neanderthal so pejorative?
The SAGE Act
On Jan.1, I sent more than 100 emails and faxes to California politicians from the City Council level up to the U.S. Senate level, asking them to pass a law or measure that would help stop the heinous practice of age discrimination during the hiring process. This is a practice that is rampant in California.
I sent them the five tenets of a proposed law that I call The SAGE Act (Stop Ageism and Generational Exclusion) and asked them to help me get these tenets made into law. To say I have been disappointed with the response I have received is an understatement.
Of the four politicians who have responded, only two seem the slightest bit interested in stopping ageism; and the other two gave me the classic answer of all politicians: It’s not my job.
This attitude seems to be one that is common to all politicians. The city says it is the county’s job, the county says it is the state’s job, and the state says it is the federal government’s job. If that is the case, it is time to fire them all because none of them are doing their jobs.
The SAGE Act is a pretty simple idea and would be easy to implement because it asks employers to do less work instead of more. The five tenets, which can be read on our FaceBook page, https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-SAGE-Act/1425215644357700?ref=hl, prohibit potential employers from asking for any information that would provide a person’s age or help give them a reasonable supposition as to what it would be. The act is meant to shield all age groups from the practice of ageism, not just seniors, though older workers are the most likely group to run up against ageism.
The SAGE Act makes sense for all Californians regardless of their current age because no matter how old you are now, if you plan to live a long life and work at the same time, you will need its protection someday. Also, allowing people to work for as long as they like keeps people from being forced into depending on Social Security and Medicare. Instead of using these dwindling assets, they would be contributing to them.
The really sad part of all this is that the average age of the politicians I sent my letter to was 61 years old even though a few were in their 30s and 40s.
I guess the only way an old person can get a job in California is to get elected.
Editor’s note: This letter has been published in other print media.
Other than just venting, I don’t understand letters Like Brian Beian’s “Fringe leftism” in the Jan. 30 edition of the VCReporter! How in the world are you going to engage those who disagree with you if you start off assuming they’re idiots? They’ll just assume you’re an idiot right back, all a pointless exercise, hardly a venue for learning from one another, exploring directions that hadn’t occurred to one before or, if we don’t stop just yelling at each other, determining our own democratic affairs!
Just who’s profiting from citizens who don’t communicate, and how do these entities manage to keep us so totally at each other’s throats, especially since the Citizens United Supreme Court case gave corporations full citizenship? Having answered my rhetorical question, isn’t it clear just who loves the strangleholds we sappy individuals have on each other’s throats? The likes of Apple, Monsanto, our devouring big banks and energy corporations have ever more license to keep us in thralldom!
Either we stop just venting, or we surrender meaningful citizenship!