One of the guests for today's segment on Social Security and the Family was Ken Dychtwald who co-wrote an article for the March 2004 issue of the Harvard Business Review called "It's Time to Retire Retirement." Here are some of the emails we received about retirement and age discrimination:
Your guests ask, "Would you want to retire?"
Maybe not as a professor with tenure but certainly as an adjunct paid
$3000 per course or as an employee at McDonalds making minimum wage.
Despite the issue of changing demographics and impending boomer retirements, there is actually a form of age discrimination in reverse – young people are having a very hard time finding good jobs and we need to enable more young people in the workforce to mitigate against some of the potential for problems we’ll have in the coming decades (fewer people available for all jobs, and lack of management skill). There needs to be a balance and currently we’re way out of balance in all directions – top heavy with boomers, not hiring younger folks, thus not giving them the skills and training necessary for upcoming generations to succeed.
What about so many people who have spent years working very hard at either physically demanding or very monotonous jobs? Most elderly can't start a second career heading their own organization. A job in retirement for many people would mean minimum wage at a fast food restaurant. These people deserve a work free retirement.
Ha Jin, Antonio Munoz Molina and Salman Rushdie are taking part in a reading at Town Hall on Monday night. The title of the event is "The Power of the Pen: Does Writing Change Anything?" We asked them if reading had changed them, Ha Jin singled out V.S. Naipaul's A Bend in the River and Antonio Munoz Molina pointed to Marcel Proust's Remembrance of Things Past for what it taught him about love. What books changed your life? Let us know.
Later in the show, we opened the phone for great eavesdropping exploits. Read some of the emails here.
Here are some listener emails:
I think the crux of the problem is the basic idea that good motherhood means spending as much time as possible with your child. My mother spent a lot of time leaving my brothers and me alone. Her philosophy was (and is) that no child can withstand the full-time attention of an intelligent woman.
I need to move to France. I have four children, I work full time and I'm pregnant with my fifth. Everyone including my friends family husband and employer looks at me as though I've committed a mortal sin and as though I've committed it by myself. I hear a lot of derogatory comments as to how much I must love sex when I'm walking down the street or from rude cab drivers who think they're being funny. My husband is almost praised and certainly never judged for having so many children. I constantly feel guilty and I have to fight off shame. --D.
What about stay-at-home fathers? Continue reading...
Here are snippets from our listeners on the "Two Strikes Rule in Baseball:"
I propose a league of steroid users where all players are juiced. That’s really what we want to see. C.V.
In addition to reducing the number of strikes each base coach should have a modified taser to ...
Here are some of the emails we received concerning our segment on sexually explicit imagery in Hip Hop videos.
R&B has gotten out of control and we as a people - African Americans - need to take a stand and say what we are not willing to tolerate. I don't ...
We were flooded with emails after today's segment on men who choose to get vasectomies at an early age. Whereas most of the callers on the show had been critical of the guest, Vincent Cicaccio, and his decision to have a vasectomy at age 23, the emails leaned a bit more heavily on the side of sympathizing with Vincent. And many raised the question: If you change your mind, why not adopt? The segment was originally inspired by an article on Salon.com by Dana Hudepohl.
Today's call-in for Westsiders on the bids for the railyards generated many calls and emails. Here are a couple of email selections:
from an email in support of the Cablevision proposal:
The two bids on the table for the Rail yards both underline the need for further open and ...
We followed through on our threat to help Ian Urbina of the New York Times document the myriad means of retaliating against life’s little annoyances. Today’s open phones ended up being more about anti-telemarketing tactics, but we got some ideas nonetheless. Here's a sampling of the email below, but based on this morning's call-in, our listeners certainly demonstrated their darker, more sadistic side.
Yesterday's Financial Times report (reg. required) that US Administration officials were seeking to "contain" Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez led us to discuss the issue on this morning's show. Types of email responses varied in their stances and we thought we'd publish a few of them here.
Please keep the responses coming.