An age-old com­plaint

The Hazleton Standard-Speaker - - LIFESTYLES - HINTS FROM HELOISE

Dear Read­ers: To­day’s SOUND OFF is about age dis­crim­i­na­tion. — Heloise

“Dear Heloise: I re­tired last year from a job I held for over 25 years. I’m in ex­cel­lent health, and I want to work part time. Be­fore I re­tired, I was a dis­trict man­ager and well-re­spected in my field. My re­sume was done pro­fes­sion­ally and men­tions the awards and achieve­ments of my ca­reer. The prob­lem is, no one seems to want to hire people my age.

“I’m not alone, be­cause I’ve heard the same thing from other re­tirees who want to put in an hon­est day’s work but can’t get hired. We’ll work for the money that’s of­fered; we’ll show up on time and do the job. We have so much ex­pe­ri­ence and nu­mer­ous skills, but age dis­crim­i­na­tion is our big­gest prob­lem. Em­ploy­ers should re­ally take a sec­ond look at re­tirees and give us a chance to show how loyal, trust­wor­thy and re­li­able a se­nior em­ployee can be when given the op­por­tu­nity.” — Roger H., South Bend, In­di­ana

Fast facts

Dear Read­ers: For those who re­ceive a daily pa­per, here are some sug­ges­tions for the plas­tic sleeves that go over the news­pa­per:

❑ Use as an um­brella cover for stor­age.

❑ Dec­o­ra­tive out­door ban­ners can be stored in them.

❑ Slip over golf clubs for stor­ing.

— Heloise

Valen­tine’s Day

Dear Heloise: How can I get my hus­band to re­mem­ber me on Valen­tine’s Day? He says it’s a made-up cel­e­bra­tion so shop­keep­ers can make money. He doesn’t even give me a card. — Poppy in Washington

Poppy, it’s time for a sit­down with your hus­band to let him know it hurts your feel­ings when he ig­nores you on Valen­tine’s Day. Your hus­band will make points with you if he re­mem­bers to buy you a box of candy or flow­ers, or does some thought­ful ges­ture. — Heloise

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