Kingston Whig-Standard - - OPINION -

Find­ing a new place ‘over­whelm­ing’

Where does a pen­sioner and her un­em­ployed son find an apart­ment in Kingston at this time of year or where do you find a job when the stu­dents are still in town? How do you fight it when your land­lord de­cides to evict you af­ter two and half years of no prob­lems and uses the ex­cuse that he wants your apart­ment for fam­ily? We have al­ways paid our rent and been re­spect­ful ten­ants. Now at 66 I am fac­ing the pos­si­bil­ity of home­less­ness and have nowhere to turn, that I can see. The whole sit­u­a­tion is over­whelm­ing.

Is there any­one out there that cares what hap­pens to the poor of this city? This story is un­for­tu­nately not un­usual in this city, and there are some peo­ple who feel they are be­ing treated as though we are in­signif­i­cant. Per­son­ally, I wouldn’t treat any liv­ing crea­ture this way and ac­tu­ally try to help peo­ple. Judy Simp­son Kingston

Man­ag­ing items a per­sonal choice

Re: “Per­sonal trea­sures worth hang­ing on to,” Dec. 6.

In re­sponse to two re­cent ar­ti­cles on this im­por­tant sub­ject, we see two of many po­ten­tial per­spec­tives. One sug­gests de­clut­ter­ing now so our adult chil­dren don’t have to. The other view is we should keep the things that are im­por­tant to us and not sweat the task we leave be­hind for our heirs.

As some­one who has spent a life­time in down­siz­ing and es­tate settlement, we see both ap­proaches taken reg­u­larly. Roy Kenny ex­presses the key view that the owner of the goods, who has earned the right to choose what they keep and where and how they live, should do so. Af­ter all, it’s their stuff, their liv­ing en­vi­ron­ment, and in a world where time is fi­nite, we should all make choices that keep us as happy and con­tent as we can be. It won’t last for­ever.

The de­clut­ter-now idea may be right for some, but not at the cost of sim­ply mak­ing it eas­ier for the next gen­er­a­tion. Older adults have an evolv­ing ar­ray of choices re­gard­ing their chang­ing health, life­style, fi­nances, and that of those close to them.

Many choices are not eas­ily made, but in my ex­pe­ri­ence the job of man­ag­ing what to do with what we leave be­hind, or man­ag­ing a de­clut­ter now ,are both cer­tainly doable. Barry Gor­don Kingston

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