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MARCH 2021

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4 Question of the Month: Who’s the funniest person you know?

1 8 Designing your garden: Cuddle up with seed catalogs

5 Editor’s Column

2 0 Castle on Wheels: Try a motorcoach tour

6 Cover Story: A shot of hope 8 Vicki Proffit creates a better future for victims of sex trafficking 10 Recipe 1 1 Ask the Old Bag: What if you can’t wear a mask? 12 Make brain health your top priority 1 3 Dear Pharmacist: Cook with natural blood thinners

22 Faith: Let’s not forget the Greatest Generation 23 Talking Digital: I’m not fascinated by technology 24 Calendar 26 News Bits 27 Fun after 50: Senior Center Activities

14 Laughing Matters

28 Fun & Games

1 6 Business Highlight: Live in luxury at Legend

30 Classifieds 33 Silver Key Meal Menu

17 Ask Miss Kitty: How to help your cat with separation anxiety

34 Opinion: There’s such a thing as good taxes

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Bang the drums! Seniors participate in a cardio drumming class last month at the Colorado Springs Senior Center. The class captures the essence of movement and rhythm utilizing drum sticks and a stability ball. Classes take place Wednesdays 9:1510:15 a.m. (except no class on March 24.) Turn to page 27 for more senior center activities.

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Helen Brown receives the second injection of the COVID-19 vaccine from Marie C., a nursing student at the UCHealth Administrative Office. Brown said she felt no adverse effects after the first injection.

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Have you gotten your COVID vaccine? T he availability of the COVID-19 vaccine means seniors can breathe a sigh of relief. In fact, many El Paso County seniors have already received their second vaccine, according to this month’s cover story. There may be hope for a return to normalcy and seeing and hugging family and friends again. I know my mother is anxious to receive her vaccination when she turns 65 this month. My dad, who turns 71, still may need a little persuading. I’m relieved for my parents. The thought of them staying safe and healthy brings me great comfort.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MOM AND DAD! Both my parents celebrate birthdays this month, so here’s my homage to them. They might not agree, but I think my parents did a great job raising four kids. They never missed a game or a concert. Even during financial struggles, we never went without. They instilled good manners and morals in their kids. We were taught that everyone was equal. My dad always made sure we were chivalrous and courteous to others, especially ladies. I try to teach this etiquette to my son, Jaxson, as well. Mom and Dad were always very supportive of whatever my siblings and I chose to do. I strive to be the same way with Jaxson. I only want him to do things he enjoys and to eventually pursue whatever career path he’ll enjoy. I never want to push anything on him. My mom moved to Colorado Springs nearly two years ago. Though I was a little


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sad there would be no more sleepovers for my family and I at her place in Loveland, I’m happy to get to visit with her several times a week and take her out for one of our favorite activities: hitting the thrift stores. I enjoy the occasional nine holes with my dad. Just recently, he beat me pretty bad for the first time ever. Seeing him smile to himself as he looked at the scorecard was more than worth it.

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A shot of Seniors find comfort amid vaccine confusion By Anthony Welch


elen Brown, a widower of three years, lives alone. That’s been the toughest part of living through COVID-19. “The isolation was very, very difficult,” she said. Fortunately, today’s technology allowed the 70-year-old to connect with family and friends through Zoom and Skype. Outdoor gatherings with her family during the summer also provided much-needed relief. Brown’s son was quick to let her know once the COVID-19 vaccine became available. From the date she first registered, she scheduled an appointment and received the vaccine within a week. “I read a lot about how it was engineered and what it did,” Brown said. “And that made me feel very comfortable.”

COMMON SIDE EFFECTS Those receiving the vaccine may experience mild to moderate side effects after receiving it. Side effects typically go away on their own after a few days, according to the Colorado Department of Health and Public Environment (CDPHE). Brown felt absolutely no side effects after her first injection. “People had mentioned sore arms. I just made sure I moved my arm around and drank lots of

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“Effects can be as severe as feeling like you have the flu, or minimum to none, which is the vast majority of folks,” Steinbruner said. “Side effects are not age dependent. They can happen to younger folks as well as older folks.” As far as the vaccine being safe, Steinbruner assured there should be no concerns about getting it. “It’s safe, and it’s been really well studied,” he said. “I encourage everybody to get this vaccine. I’ve taken it myself.”

WHO’S ELIGIBLE? Colorado is currently in Phase 1A, 1B.1 and 1B.2 of vaccine distribution. Among those eligible to receive the vaccination are Coloradans age 65 or older. As of mid-February, 70,274 people in El Paso County had received their first vaccination, and

Andy Cain, 74 “I was a little achy overall—the kind of feeling that you worked out too hard or needed to work out. The person who [gave me the vaccine], I would call them a very good stick. They knew what they were doing.”

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water,” she said. According to the CDPHE, the following symptoms are normal and show that your body’s immune system is responding to the vaccine: • Pain, swelling and redness at the injection site • Pain, tenderness and swelling of the lymph nodes in the same arm of the injection • Fatigue • Headache • Muscle pain • Chills • Joint pain • Nausea/vomiting • Fever Dr. David Steinbruner, Chief Medical Officer at UCHealth Memorial Hospital, said he’s seen side effects vary from person to person. Much of it has been soreness in the arm, which he said isn’t from the vaccine itself, just the shot.

Helen Brown, 70 Following her second dose, Brown experienced a few body aches and some nausea for a couple of days. “If these flu-like symptoms are the worst they can be, I’m okay with that.”


27,821 were fully vaccinated having received their second dose, according to El Paso County Public Health (EPCPH). Of those numbers, 31,525 seniors age 70 and older received at least one dose, and 6,439 seniors ages 65 to 69 received at least one as well. While hospital staff started to see a decline in COVID-19 cases before the vaccine was available, Steinbruner said cases have further decreased with the vaccine. “Our caseload is much more manageable now compared to back in November,” he added. Andy Cain, 74, said he and his

to the UCHealth-Memorial Administrative Center for her second dose of the vaccine. It was a relaxed, comfortable environment that included people lining up in a socially distanced line. Staff directed them to an open station where nursing students administered the vaccine. Following their dose, people were given the option to take a seat and see if there were any immediate effects. Following her second dose of the vaccine, Brown said she experienced a few body aches and some nausea for a couple of days. “If these flu-like symptoms are the worst they can be, I’m okay with that,” she said.

THERE IS NO COST HOW MUCH DOES IT TO RECEIVE THE COST? VACCINE. PEOPLE There is no cost to receive the vacSHOULD BEWARE OF cine. People should beware of any ANY ORGANIZATIONS organizations soliciting the vaccine SOLICITING THE VACCINE at a cost. EPCPH also said it’s critAT A COST. ical that everyone, including those wife Debbie, 73, weren’t hesitant at all to sign up for the vaccine. “I was very proactive to try and get us signed up and fast as we could,” he said. Cain and his wife are fully vaccinated. Following the first dose, neither of them felt any adverse effects—not even sore arms. “In the medical field, they call it a good stick. The person who did it, I would call them a very good stick,” Cain said. “They knew what they were doing.” Following his second dose of the vaccine, Cain said he felt a little malaise, but nothing serious. “I was in the Navy, traveled the world and got an awful lot of vaccines and shots. It’s a typical reaction to a flu shot,” he said. “I was a little achy overall; the kind of feeling that you worked out too hard or needed to work out.” On February 11, Brown returned

who have already received the vaccine, continue to follow prevention measures to slow the spread of the virus: wear a mask, practice social distancing, wash hands frequently and stay home when sick. To those seniors who may be on the fence about getting the vaccine, Brown highly recommended it. “I would say that the research has been very thorough,” she said. “We don’t know what the longterm’s going to be. But it seems to be the best option right now. And if it can help you to regain a normal life, that’s a positive. ■

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Retired? Never heard of her

Vicki Proffit works to create a better future for sex trafficked victims By Nancy M. Fuller


ost folks plan and dream for years about their retirement, but Vicki Proffit doesn’t want anyone to use that word in relation to her. “I’ll be 70 in February, and I don’t want the ‘R’ word anywhere around my name. Not with the life I’ve got right now,” she said. Since 2015, Proffit has served as the executive director of Sarah’s Home—a faith-based residential home in Colorado for girls aged 12 to 18 who’ve been rescued from sex trafficking. It’s not a job for the faint of heart, and Proffit prepares every day to put her best foot forward. “Part of the reason I don’t want to retire is that finally at my age, I have a lot more wisdom,” Proffit said. She and her husband have raised three biological children and seven foster children and grandchildren, so they’ve seen it all. “I sure don’t know it all, but I get to bring to the table that wisdom and strength to do this job,” Proffit said. “I get up and I pray and I ask for guidance and wisdom and mercy. It’s a fierce, fierce job.”


Proffit’s desire to help others started with international mission

trips, traveling with a group of women connected to Rocky Mountain Ministries Network. Before Proffit’s career led her to Sarah’s Home, she was the founding director for Teen Challenge House of Promise in Colorado, a home open to young women who are in crisis and their children.

“THESE ARE TEENAGE GIRLS WITH A LOT OF LAYERS...HAVING POSITIVE PEOPLE FILL THEIR LIVES IS HUGE. HEALING NEEDS TO GO ON BETWEEN THEM AND THEIR FAMILIES, TOO, AND THAT’S BEEN A CHALLENGE WITH COVID.” “We helped women who were drug addicts or abused and needed a place heal with their children,” Proffit said. In 2013, women from Proffit’s missions group founded Sarah’s Home. When the resigning director

300,000+ 85% children are exploited in the United States each year.

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asked Proffit to take over, she was hesitant to leave House of Promise. But she took on the challenge and never looked back. “Vicki’s leadership and perseverance have been critical for the success of Vicki Proffit has served as executive director of SarSarah’s Home,” ah’s Home since 2015. At 70, she has no plans to resaid Phil Steiger, tire from her lifesaving work of helping sex trafficked who serves as chair victims. on the board of directors. “The work we do is hard, the aid of volunteers, paid staff and it’s a long-game strategy.” and teachers who help the girls Awareness of sex trafficking complete their education with an is growing, both throughout the accredited school program and world and even within our own further pursuits of college and neighborhoods. careers. “There are 300,000-400,000 Girls aim to live at the home for people being trafficked in America,” at least 17 months, but it depends Proffit said. “It’s pimps and on the age and situation of each Johns preying on runaways, and girl. their family members. It’s across “These are teenage girls with every socioeconomic group and a lot of layers, so the interaction every color. The FBI, courts, the with people, peace in the home and Department of Homeland Security, trusting us is huge for their healing. families and rescue groups are all They do therapy online and equine working to rescue children from therapy for their mental health,” trafficking.” Proffit said. “Having positive people She added that the FBI is filling their lives is huge. Healing amazing at finding the children and needs to go on between them and bringing them to places like Sarah’s their families, too, and that’s been Home a challenge with COVID. It’s been Sarah’s Home is run with tough on them.”

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Looking forward, Steiger said the groundwork Proffit has done at Sarah’s Home will allow them to expand their mission. “The fundraising, relationships and structure necessary to grow are now at the center of 2021. Vicki and the staff have built the right foundation for expansion, and now we want to duplicate that model and help as many girls and boys rescued from human trafficking as we possibly can,” he said. Proffit has a blueprint now to share with other groups who want to create homes for trafficked children. “I believe that God is putting in my lap the pieces to start a boy’s home. In 2016, 36 percent of the children rescued in the U.S. were boys. I call it ‘the silent scream,’ because people aren’t prone to see a boy in the same light as a girl, but

they’re being trafficked and needing to be rescued too,” she said. In the meantime, Proffit and her staff are enjoying each moment and success with the girls they care for at Sarah’s Home. Proffit said one of the gifts of her work is not looking back at where the girls have come from, but to the potential of their future. “It’s like we get these girls in their cocoons that come to us and we get to help show them their beauty and their abilities. And then we get to watch them turn into butterflies,” she said. “I look at them and see these amazing, beautiful, blossoming young ladies.” For more information on Sarah’s Home and how you can help, visit or call 719347-3026. For the safety of the girls involved, the home is at an undisclosed location. ■


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What about when you can’t wear a mask?

Dear Old Bag: I can’t wear a mask due to lung damage and breath insufficiency. I carry a card from my cardiologist and pulmonologist stating that I can’t wear a mask. In spite of this, I’ve been refused service at numerous private businesses because I can’t wear a mask. I’ve also been assaulted several times for refusing to wear a mask. I disagree with the mayor’s office—they can’t tell a private business what to do. The CDC has already debunked the theory that masks protect the wearer and others. I believe I’m not being let inside these places because of my disability. Also, I won’t buy anything online because I’ve been hacked before, and I don’t like sending someone else to go pick out my food. Signed, Mr. M (Note: edited for length and clarity). Dear Mr. M: I read your letter at least six times. I also asked my son, who is a doctor, to read it. There was a lot of detail in your letter which space does not allow me to repeat in full. After studying your situation, I disagree with your statement that the CDC has debunked the theory that masks are necessary. In fact, some specialists are recommending two masks to protect from the new variant of viruses that are so easily spread! What jumps out to me is that here’s a man that has damaged lungs who must not catch this horrible virus, and he wants to go into places where he will be exposed to it while not wearing a mask. I’m worried for your health. I’m old and immunocompromised like you. Because I don’t want the virus, I don’t go into grocery stores or any place I don’t have to go. I order everything online or for drive-through service. I always wear a mask. I wash my hands. I don’t even get to enjoy my family because they don’t want to expose me. Mr. M, please think of your health. You don’t want this virus. I’ve lost three friends to it. It’s real. With your health problems, you need to be extra careful. Try ordering online. When it’s over, you’ll be alive and can have your freedom back. I wish you well. OB Dear Old Bag: Recently, you had a letter from a reader who was ready to move into an assisted living place and her husband was dragging his feet. Part of your advice was to tell him you were going to move without him. I went a step further with my husband and signed us both up for a good place and told him the date we would be moving. He was mad at me for a day and then accepted it. We’ve lived here for six weeks, and he’s not only accepted it, but he also met an old friend here and he seems to be enjoying it. Sometimes one spouse or the other needs to make a firm stand! Signed, MB Dear MB: Thanks for writing. I agree. Change comes hard to most of us, and sometimes we do need someone to give us a figurative whack on the side of the head! OB Dear Old Bag: I’m engaged to a wonderful guy and I’ve agreed to move into his home, which is much larger than my condo. While planning to move in with him, I see he is reluctant to change his decor/arrangements to accommodate my things. The whole thing has me wondering if this is a sign of disagreements to come. What do you think? Signed, Wondering


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hen people think about improving their health, they picture exercising more often, eating better, and stopping a bad habit or two. While these goals are important for physical health, one aspect of our overall wellness often gets overlooked: brain health. Research shows that some aspects of our cognitive health decline as we age. For some of us, that thought is scary; for others, it’s a normal part of aging. Both, in fact, are true. Physical exercise and diet do have an impact on how well our brain functions, but for those of us that are intimidated by the hard work and dedication necessary for workout routines and sugarless diets, there are other ways to help our brains that may be less daunting. First, look at how well you sleep. Wouldn’t it be great if you were sleeping seven to nine hours every night with minimal interruptions? If so, I’d guess that your mood would improve, you’d have more energy throughout the day, and that your brain would have greater bandwidth to tackle the day’s challenges and opportunities. In fact, there’s plenty of research that suggests sleep improves cognitive abilities like memory and attention. There are several ways to improve your sleep. One option is to create a sleep schedule—going to bed at the same time every night and waking up at the same time every morning. Another tip is to limit electronics, like television or scrolling through your phone, before going to bed. Additionally, complete your workouts and hot showers well before your

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scheduled sleep time begins. Social contact is also very important for brain health. While this is more difficult to accomplish during a global pandemic, humans are adaptable creatures! Technology has advanced and created ways for us to remain in contact with our loved ones and close friends. Through video calls on our smartphones or computer applications like Zoom, social contact is still possible. Now, remote faith services are often available online, as well as therapy and counseling services. There are several ways for us to remain socially connected, so please don’t hesitate to ask your friends, family, or staff members in your living community for help when technology becomes a challenge. A final recommendation for achieving better brain health is to engage in cognitively stimulating activities. These can range from playing board games with friends to completing daily crosswords in the paper. Hobbies like a hand of pinochle, a round of bingo, or completing sudoku puzzles are great for firing up our brains for a cognitive workout! Maintaining your brain health doesn’t have to be menacing. There are fun and engaging ways for you to improve your cognitive abilities without ever breaking a sweat. Sleep, social contact and games are only the tip of the iceberg when working on your brain’s health. I encourage you to try these tips and see if you notice your mood, attention span and even memory improve. ■

Jamie Hansel is a UCCS clinical psychology master’s student training at the UCCS Aging Center. For more information, contact her at or call the Aging Center at 719-255-8002.


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adly, we’re hearing more about strokes and blood clots lately. Apparently, this is a rare, but possible concern with COVID, which is disheartening because researchers initially thought the virus stayed in the lungs. Now, however, we know it can penetrate all human tissues and organs. A research study led by doctors at RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences in Dublin, Ireland, found that some patients admitted to the hospital with COVID experienced abnormal clotting, and that this was the main contributing factor to their death. In those patients, researchers identified hundreds of tiny clots in the lungs. This explains why oxygen levels dropped so quickly and so dramatically in the most severe cases. However, clots do not happen to everyone who gets COVID. In fact, many people don’t even know they’ve been exposed or infected! My intention is not to provoke fear or anxiety—it’s to offer sensible advice so you can improve your blood health. Clotting in your blood matters. You want it to clot so you don’t get a paper cut and bleed to death. But, you also don’t want it to clot so much that the debris forms an obnoxious piece of gunk that ends up blocking blood flow to your brain, heart or lungs. The healthy balance of clotting in between those extremes is called “homeostasis.” Since the immune system for the most part resides in the intestinal tract, your diet is what instantly changes your gut microflora and your ability to fight viruses. Blood health can be manipulat-

ed by foods, spices and drugs. The foods and spices below have natural anti-clotting properties. People who take anticoagulants may want to avoid them. Ask your doctor if they’re okay for you because they will interfere with PT/ INR levels (blood clotting measurements) and medications. Spices • Cayenne pepper • Thyme • Garlic • Cinnamon (contains coumarin, a powerful blood-thinning agent) • Curry powder • Turmeric Foods • Ginger • Dill • Peppermint • Beets (high in nitrates) • Walnuts (high in vitamin E) • Salmon (omega 3 fatty acids) • Cherries • Citrus While some should be more cautious if they’re in the group that is most severely impacted by COVID, don’t let that fear control you. The majority of infected folks will survive and thrive again. We all need something positive to hold on to right now. Although we don’t have control over the future, we do have control over what we eat. If you feed your family a healthy amount of foods that support blood health, then you have even better odds of recovering from any virus you encounter. And that’s my wish for all of us. ■

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LECTURE Submitted by Bob Breazeale My brother’s wife has league bowling night on Thursdays at 7 p.m. Last week, one of the ladies couldn’t make it. The team captain asked her, “Why not?” Woman: “Because I have to attend a lecture.” Captain: “Oh. I didn’t know that you attended night school.” Woman: “I don’t. I’m having dinner with my mother.”

DENTAL WORK Submitted by Dave Boucher One day a female pastor had to take some time off for dental work. When she returned to preach her first Sunday back, she could

only preach for 15 minutes. The next Sunday she could only preach for 30 minutes, the third week she preached for 2 hours. Of course, some members of her church were curious, so they asked her what happened. She replied, “The first week my gums hurt and the second week my new teeth hurt.” The members then asked, “Well, what happened the third week?” The pastor replied, “I put in my husband’s teeth by mistake and I just could not shut up.”

SHORT FORTUNE TELLER Submitted by Wilson Allen Madame Nyteshade had two claims to fame: She could tell fortunes and she was a little person. The local authorities frowned at her because they thought that fortune telling was fraudulent. They had her arrested and she was

placed in a holding cell. Since she was so small, she was able to squeeze between the bars of her cell and escape. The judge ordered the local newspaper to print an article about. The following was printed in the paper the next day: “Small medium at large.”

NO DOGS ALLOWED Submitted by Lucy Wilkinson A man goes to a bar with his dog. He goes up to the bar and asks for a drink. The bartender says, “You can’t bring that dog in here.” Without missing a beat, the guy says, “This is my seeing-eye dog.” “Oh, man,” the bartender says, “I’m sorry, here, the first one’s on me.” The man takes his drink and goes to a table near the door. Another guy walks in the bar with a Chihuahua. The first guy sees him, stops him and says, “You can’t bring that dog in here unless you

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WORK OR PLEASURE? Submitted by Karl Landon A U.S. Marine colonel was about to start the morning briefing to his staff. While waiting for the coffee machine to finish brewing, he posed a question to all assembled. He explained that his wife had been a bit frisky the night before and he failed to get his usual amount of sleep. He posed the question of just how much of sex was work and

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NOW THAT I’M OLDER… Submitted by Jan Weeks

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When I was a kid, I wanted to be older…this crap is not what I expected.

To me, “drink responsibly” means don’t spill it.

My goal for 2020 was to lose 10 pounds. Only have 14 to go.

Of course size matters. No one wants a small glass of wine.

I ate salad for dinner. Mostly croutons and tomatoes. Really, just one big round crouton covered with tomato sauce and cheese. Fine, it was a pizza...OK, I ate a pizza! Are you happy now?

My wife says I only have two faults. I don’t listen and something else…

I just did a week’s worth of cardio after walking into a spider web. I don’t mean to brag, but I finished my 14-day diet food supply in 3 hours and 20 minutes. I have sex daily. I mean, dyslexia.

Did you know that 4 out of 3 people struggle with math? I may not be that funny or athletic or good looking or smart or talented. I forgot where I was going with this. I love approaching 80. I learn something new every day and forget five other things. A thief broke into my house last night. He started searching for money so I got up and searched with him. I think I’ll just put an “Out of Order” sticker on my forehead and call it a day. Just remember, once you’re over the hill you begin to pick up speed.

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Live in luxury at Legend By Anthony Welch


hile it wasn’t quite the grand opening the owners expected due to the pandemic, Legend of Colorado Springs, an assisted senior living and memory care community, finally opened its doors this January. The project had been in the works since November 2019, when construction crews first broke ground. The facility, located at 2368 Research Parkway, is owned and operated by Legend Senior Living—a 30-year-old company that operates 41 senior housing complexes in Colorado, Florida, Kansas, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania. Legend of Colorado Springs features 73 assisted living apartments and 18 memory care residences,

which are currently 50 percent occupied. Due to the timing of the project, many of the facility’s design features are COVID specific. “Residents’ apartments have their own air system which cycles their air to try to prevent airborne transmission,” said Sales Director John McKinnon. “We also purchased more individual tables for the dining room so that we could keep residents more separated.”

COMFORTABLE ASSISTED LIVING Assisted living at Legend of Colorado Springs offers a personalized approach that tailors services to residents’ unique needs. Residents pay only for the services they choose.

Staff and residents welcome visitors to The Legend of Colorado Springs. Caring employees are present 24 hours a day to assist residents with the activities of daily living, including bathing and dressing, mobility and medication management. Legend offers restaurant-style dining and a bistro area where snacks are available 24/7. The facility’s Country Kitchen walks out onto a viewing patio, which offers amazing views. Meals are prepared by Executive Chef Michael Longo, who formerly worked at The Broadmoor Hotel and Glen Eyrie Conference Center. Chef Long offers cooking demonstrations and baking classes with residents as well. Other activities include exercise programs, bingo, card games and Legend University—college-style class with subjects that include history, genealogy and health. Residents can catch a movie matinee daily in the facility’s movie theater, complete with reclining chairs, a large screen and popcorn. The community also includes a small fitness gym where residents can work out. While Legend is not a faithbased community, it does sit on the Focus on the Family campus. “We do offer faith-based activities, including volunteer groups and Bible study groups,” McKinnon said.

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• Tailored therapeutic and recreational experiences • Individualized service planning • All meals and snacks, with assistance if needed, through Gold Leaf Dining • All laundry and housekeeping services • Family and community support groups Upon request, Legend’s staff can provide personal assistance with bathing, dressing, hygiene and incontinence management. “We’re the industry leader as far as memory care standards,” McKinnon said. Legend of Colorado Springs utilizes a patient-centered methodology called the “best friends” approach, where care providers get to know a resident’s life story and adapt their care to that person’s personal experiences. Likewise, Legend offers innovative therapies for Memory Care residents such as PARO, the soft, furry, therapeutic baby seal that combines robotics and bio-feedback technologies to respond to human interaction much like a living animal would. Research shows that petting and interacting with PARO helps reduce stress and depression in people living with Alzheimer’s and dementia. “Accessing that long-term memory helps improve a person’s shortterm memory ability,” McKinnon added. For more information on assisted living and memory care at Legend, visit www.legendsenior ■


How to help your cat with separation anxiety Dear Ms. Kitty: I’ve been working from home and quarantining for the last eight months. My cat Gisela was confused by this change at first but is now incredibly happy to have me home. She’s had a starring role in several Zoom meetings and gets frequent play sessions. I plan to return to the office once the risk is reduced but I’m afraid that will be hard on Gisela. Signed, Alone Dear Alone: Cats like routines. With you being home much more this past year, you’ve shifted your cat’s expectations. Think about the ways your quarantine schedule has impacted Gisela. Now devise a plan to inch toward a schedule where her needs are addressed even if you’re not home. Gradually start to give her time alone. A walk or trip to the store will remind her that she can be on her own. Ease her into a new schedule by adjusting now and avoiding an abrupt shift that might leave her feeling abandoned. Many signs of separation anxiety could also be symptoms of a health issue, so always rule that out first with the help of your veterinarian. Changes in behavior that may indicate separation anxiety include: hiding, excessive vocalizing, destructive scratching, vomiting, not eating, aggression, eliminating outside the litterbox, compulsive grooming and restlessness. Being home together has likely increased her food intake. Food

puzzles can help keep your cat occupied and satisfy her hunting desire. Find both commercial and DIY ideas at www.foodpuzzles Since cats are creatures of habit, continue to provide time for her favorite interactions. Morning cuddles, lap time during your favorite TV program, or a grooming session when you get home will help balance your absence. Not all cats are comfortable sharing their territory, but if you’re considering expanding your family, it’s good to do so while you’re home. Another animal will not replace you, but can provide companionship for your cat. Seek the advice of a good cat rescue or cat behaviorist to assess the likelihood your cat will accept sharing territory, and how to structure the introduction process. Make sure you provide plenty of interactive play sessions for Gisela. Ideally, she’ll be able to anticipate morning, evening, and before bed sessions that imitate a cat’s natural cycle of hunting for her food. While you’re away, she can stay entertained watching birds at a window feeder or fish swimming in a tank. Some cats even enjoy watching TV! Your home may be eerily silent when you leave. Try playing a cat CD, or find a streaming option curated for cats online. Gisela will appreciate a slow change so she can adjust to being home alone more. Start now and get her comfortable before you start leaving all day. ■

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iomimicry is the practice of looking to nature to solve problems in a regenerative way and is rewarding on so many levels. For me, it continues to inspire awe in the power and resiliency of natural systems and life. As you think about your garden and how you want to design it this year, ask how you can work with your environment, rather than against it. How does it all fit together? Rather than forcing your garden to be what it’s not, embrace it and plan your garden accordingly. Accept shady spots (plan to grow greens and tender herbs), rocky soils (try lavender or Columbines) and cement areas (potted plants are friends!). Understand your own needs. How can gardening help you tend to what matters most? Prioritize your joy and well-being, and your garden will likely be more rewarding. • Succession planting This means planting seeds and plant starts throughout the season rather than all at once to give you a longer and more abundant harvest. Planning out what you’ll plant, when and where will maximize your space and help you remember all the plantings! Choose a diverse mix of crops. Cold-season and quick-growing plants will extend the season and

LOCALLY GROWN SEEDS WILL BE BETTER ADAPTED TO OUR HIGH-ALTITUDE CLIMATE, MAKING THEM MORE ROBUST. keep soils covered and productive. Quick-growing crops sowed regularly in small amounts will allow you to enjoy harvests throughout the season. In your planning, think about vertical space as much as the ground area. Consider pairing different plants that will grow together harmoniously. • Trust your intuition So much about gardening is intuitive. The more we practice the act of trusting our intuition, the more we become in tune with it, and become better gardeners along the way. If you have an idea or inclination, follow it. A little research can help us turn our inklings into solid plans and our tiny curiosities into big discoveries. • Prepare the soil Everything above ground starts with the health of the ground underneath. Once the soil is workable and you’re ready to start sowing seeds, prepare your garden beds by loosening compacted soil, mixing in compost and amendments, leveling the

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SELECTING SEEDS Seed catalogs educate us on new and classic varieties of plants, display images that help us visualize our gardens before we bring them to life, and offer tools for planning gardens that are more abundant and resilient. Here are some of my favorites: • Johnny Scheepers Kitchen Garden Seeds is full of lovely illustrations and a good selection of vegetables, herbs and flowers. None of their seeds are treated with chemicals, and their entire collection is non-GMO. • Seed Savers Exchange is a nonprofit dedicated to the preservation of heirloom seeds. Their mission is to conserve and promote America’s culturally diverse but endangered garden and food crops for future generations by collecting, growing and sharing heirloom seeds and plants. • Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co. offers one of the largest selections of 19th-century heirloom seeds from Europe and Asia. Their catalog is full of gorgeous photos and rare finds. • High Desert Seed + Gardens is based in Montrose, Colorado. Laura Parker and her team are committed to growing open-pollinated seeds in the high desert. Getting seeds from a local source supports biodiversity and regional resiliency. Such seeds will be better adapted to our high-altitude climate, making them more drought-tolerant, cold-hardy and robust.

• Wild Mountain Seeds is a seed breeding and food production research farm located in Colorado’s Roaring Fork Valley. The harsh alpine climate gives them the unique opportunity to adapt seeds to extreme conditions where performance is essential. • Strictly Medicinal Seeds is rich with insight about different medicinal and culinary herbs and flowers. Their selection is vast and unique, and they offer an amazing number of different cultivars. Incorporating herbs into your garden plan adds diversity to your landscape, invites beneficial insects and gives you the opportunity to explore herbal medicine, make herbal teas and dry your own culinary herbs. • Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance is a wonderful nonprofit working to assure an abundant and diverse supply of local seeds for the region through education, networking and establishing community-based models of seed stewardship. Take a look at the resources and programming they provide, including a list of regional seeds online, at www.rocky Enjoy the vastness of possibility as you cuddle up with catalogs and dream about your garden, remembering how dynamic it can be. ■

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n our younger days, we loved to research and discover a place at our own pace, in our own way. We used to scoff at tours because people seemed like a pack of trained mice as the guide pointed, jabbered and marched the group around. We’d shake our heads and agree it was a disagreeable way to travel. We now stand corrected and humbled. My husband and I have learned there is a place for every kind of travel for every age, need and wallet. We’d never seen the British Isles and chose a motorcoach overview of Scotland, Ireland, Wales and England. We wanted it to be easy: We didn’t want to schlep heavy luggage and deal with checking in and out of rooms. We wanted to relax and focus on the highlights of new discoveries, and to be able to venture out on our own when the spirit hit us.

To our delight, our motorcoach was clean, quiet and comfortable. It even had Wi-Fi and a seasoned driver focused on safety. Because these professional drivers are regulated by how many hours can be driven daily, tours are very organized. Our peppy, knowledgeable tour director answered everyone’s questions and gave elaborate advice. Some found it annoying at times, while others felt she was a godsend when they needed specific information. Our tour members were from Australia, Canada, the U.S., Singapore and Malaysia. There were young professionals and retirees (one with a 12-year-old grandson). Some were married, some just


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Left: Luxurious European motorcoach. Top: Edinburgh Castle is a historic fortress which dominates the skyline of Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland. Inset: Interior of Cardiff Castle in Wales. friends. Some had traveled widely, some for the first time. Most were in good shape, although one woman had MS. We were a friendly group, with some partnering for shared interests (viewing a castle together, sharing a meal, etc.). By the end of the trip, we’d exchanged



emails with some of our newfound friends and even made plans to later visit each other. Although the bus had a bathroom, we were immediately told it was only for liquids. Everyone glanced nervously at the tiny, hidden space denoted only for emergencies. With a sigh of relief, I can say that it was never used and frankly never necessary because there were plenty of bathroom stops along the route. The days were full (10-12 hours),


BY THE END OF THE TRIP, WE’D EXCHANGED EMAILS WITH SOME OF OUR NEWFOUND FRIENDS AND EVEN MADE PLANS TO LATER VISIT EACH OTHER. starting with a full buffet breakfast. At the same time, you’d set your large bags outside your door for them to be put on the bus. There was plenty of time to return to the room, brush your teeth and relax before the morning exodus. We carried a drawstring bag/ backpack with us that was easily slipped on, leaving the hands free. Inside were our knit hats, scarves, plastic rain parka, camera, passport/money packs, lip balm, candy, gum and bottled water. Although some people stumbled on the bus with bulky cases the first day, they soon learned that less hassle makes for better traveling and quickly adjusted. Even with our large luggage, we’d packed lightly, with four pairs of dark slacks with mix-and-match turtlenecks, sweaters and jackets. Dressing in layers made adjustments to temperatures simple and easy. The tour director rambled esoteric information about our destination or the area passing outside the windows. While this was an advantage for those with an aversion for research, others on the bus

dozed off to the sound of her voice. As we approached a photogenic site or bathroom stop, she’d chirp, “Wakey, wakey.” There were always options for excursions (we hadn’t bought any in advance, thinking we’d decide at the last moment as to how we felt and whether it appealed). This worked perfectly. There was no problem with last-minute decisions and they were a nice respite from the bus. County Wicklow is a region south of Dublin in the east of Ireland.

ACCOMMODATIONS Upon arriving at each hotel, our group’s keys were handed out immediately in a designated area bypassing the check-in procedure. We were able to go directly to our room where our bags were waiting. This left extra time and energy to explore the city, or just relax in the room. At the start of each day on the bus, we’d consult our itineraries and make notes on city maps that were given out. Although we had knowledgeable guides pointing out attractions, it was refreshing to find time away from the crowd. Lunch was always on our own, with plenty of time to check out an

ancient castle in more detail, or just sit in a relaxing cafe, sample local delicacies, shop or watch the human parade pass by. At each stop, we hustled off like teenagers out on a first date, noting that curfew was at a predetermined time and place.

PERFECT FOR THE YOUNG-AT-HEART We totaled more than 1,500 anxiety-free miles in our “traveler’s castle on wheels” (not including two Irish Sea ferry crossings). Best of all was the structure of the itinerary, with free time that enabled us to

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do things on our own. We ended up with a thorough overview of so many things enhanced by convenience, safety and the pleasure of a memorable vacation. Now that we know the ropes and have rested, we’re discussing other places we’ve never seen. We’ve learned there are motorcoach tours with the same attention to detail and comfort almost anywhere you can dream of visiting. We’re convinced that for the not-so-young but youngat-heart travelers, a motorcoach tour can be the perfect fit. ■

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ZOOMobile with the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Join Pikes Peak Library District and the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo for a virtual ZOOMobile featuring appearances by a mammal, amphibian, bird, snake, and a turtle or tortoise. Register online. 1-2 p.m. | Free | ppld.librarymarket. com/events | 719-531-6333

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Watch live music in the bar area on Fridays and Saturdays. See Skip Moore on March 5 and Howie perform on March 12.

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March 9, 16, 23, 30 Virtual Chair Yoga

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History of Colorado Springs through Quilts

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In honor of Colorado Springs’ 150th anniversary, the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum unveils a new walking tour: COS@150. This robust exploration of the community’s history and culture is drawn from the museum’s newest exhibit, which features 150 objects and 150 stories. Meet at Story Coffee. 10-11 a.m. & 12-1 p.m. | 120 E. Bijou St., Colorado Springs | $10 | 719-886-0088

UCCS professor Heather Fester presents “Critical Thinking & Interpretation/Uncovering the Truth.” Call for webinar registration instructions. Free | 719-633-5627

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Live music: Red Mountain Boys See live bluegrass by the Red Mountain Boys at Stargazers Theatre. Tickets are sold in sections of four seats, or purchase a livestream ticket to watch from home. 6 p.m. | 10 S. Parkside Dr., Colorado Springs | $48 | | 719-476-2200

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Virtual Cooking Lesson

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Colorado Women in World War II Presentation

Colorado women from every corner of the state enlisted in the military, joined the workforce, and volunteered on the home front, wholeheartedly participating in a kaleidoscope of activities to support the war effort. Enjoy this virtual presentation by author Gail Beaton by registering in advance. 6-7 p.m. | Free | |719-531-6333

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Cook and Learn about African Curries

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Live music at Woodland Country Lodge

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Virtual History Detectives: My Community

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Live music: Collective Groove

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appointment only on Mondays and Thursdays. Appointment times are available between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at 1628 W. Bijou St., Colorado Springs. This year will be a hybrid between in-person, low-contact, and no contact. To make an appointment, call 719-7496138. Before your appointment, please stop by the center between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday to pick up required paperwork. At your appointment time, come to the center with the required paperwork. No walk-ins. For more information, call the senior center at 719-389-0759. Silver Key awarded funding for Comprehensive Senior Assistance Program NextFifty Initiative has awarded Silver Key Senior Services and its three collaborating partners—NAMI Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs Fire Department, and Innovations in Aging Collaborative—multiyear funding for the new Comprehensive Senior Assistance Program, which supports older adults in the Colorado Springs area. The Colorado-based foundation’s support will allow the Comprehensive Senior Assistance Program to collectively expand beyond the reach of our individual organizations to positively impact the lives of our aging community

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VIRTUAL CLASSES Exercise for Achy Shoulders, Low Back and Knees This low-intensity workout consists of stretching and gentle muscle activation techniques. A chair and small handweights are required. An exercise band is recommended but not necessary. 1-2 p.m. | Mondays | $25 Photo Show & Tell Pick a photo with a great story, a fun memory, or one that just makes your heart smile! We will share our memories with one another.

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Medallion Making: Play with Plaster Create a small plaster medallion by building a small box, crafting a 3-D image from clay, mixing up some plaster and pouring it.

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COVID 19 in Context This presentation defines key pandemic terms; examines pandemics of the past and how modern medicine developed to combat them; describes and analyzes where we stand today.

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Two Truths & a Lie The lie can be outrageous and wacky, or it can sound like a truth to make it harder for the other participants. The group gets to guess which statements are true and which statement is the lie.

1-2 p.m. | March 12 | Free

Embroidery 101 Practice a variety of embroidery stitches that you can use to create your own unique embroidered designs.

Sewing a Stuffie Learn how to sew your own small, stuffed design.

10-11:30 a.m. | March 23 | $6

Maximize the Value of Your Home Learn and maneuver through the six key factors that affect the value and sale of your home. Bring questions.

1-2 p.m. | March 24 | Free

Newcomers Orientation Learn about the Senior Center and all it has to offer.

1-2 p.m. | March 25 | Free

Printmaking Explore different printmaking techniques.

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TaijiFit Flow with your breath from posture to posture, ending with deep relaxation.

8:30-9:30 a.m. | Tuesdays | $30

Middle Values in Watercolor Identify the lights, darks, and middle values in your watercolors to help successfully render your subject matter.

Musical Hour with Bill Bill plays tunes on the piano for some toe-tappin’ good fun!

Gentle Yoga A slower-moving traditional yoga class focusing on strength and alignment.

Shamrock Parking Lot Bingo Park your car in a designated Bingo parking spot, turn your radio to the bingo station and get ready for fun!

Essentrics Strengthen your core, lengthen your body, improve flexibility and balance.

1-2 p.m. | March 10 | Free

1-2 p.m. | March 17 | Free

Parking Lot Celtic Stories & Hot Dog Lunch Tune in with your car radio and enjoy a hot dog, bag of chips and a drink while listening to Celtic stories over the radio. Register in advance.

1-2 p.m. | March 19 | $5

Nurse Chat: Dry Skin Learn information on maintaining healthy skin.

1-2 p.m. | March 31 | Free

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9 a.m. Tuesdays | 10 a.m. Thursdays Pilates Strengthen your core, improve flexibility, balance and mobility.

10 a.m. Wednesdays | 12 p.m. Sundays Tai Chi Fusion Reduce stress and promote serenity through gentle, flowing movements.

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Total Body Strength Muscle conditioning using a variety of equipment to build strength and endurance.

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Yoga Vinyasa Flowing movements connected to breathing. 5745 Southmoor Dr., Fountain To register for classes, call 719-600-2644 or visit Parking Lot Bingo 1 p.m. | March 4 & 18 | Free

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Zumba Combines high-energy Latin-based music with dance movements.

5:30 p.m. Tuesdays | 9 a.m. Saturdays | 9 a.m. | Thursdays

Active Minds – Zoom Presentation 2 p.m. | March 18 | Free

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Cardio Drumming Cardio Drumming choreography is designed to burn fat, improve physical, mental fitness, and above all, be fun! Bring an exercise/yoga ball and drumsticks. No class on March 24.

9:15-10:15 a.m. | Wednesdays | $25

10-11:30 a.m. | March 16 | $6

Celtic Mythology Enjoy a presentation describing the concept of myths and comparing Celtic mythology with classical mythology.

SilverSneakers Circuit Standing, low-impact choreography combined with upper-body strength.

11 a.m. to noon | Wednesdays | $33

9:30-10:30 a.m. | March 17 | $5

1-2 p.m. | Wednesdays | $22

iPhone 101 Beef up on a few of your technology skills and learn to access more of the world through your fingertips.

SilverSneakers Classic Move to the music through exercises designed to increase muscle strength, range of movement and activities for daily living.

Never Have I Ever For this game, each person holds up a hand and takes a turn sharing a statement about something they’ve never

1 p.m. | Wednesdays

Registration for in-person events required. Yoga Flow Build more awareness, strength and flexibility. No experience necessary.

Zumba A mix of low and high-intensity moves for a calorie-burning dance party.

10-11 a.m. | March 19 | Free

9:30-11:30 a.m. | Fridays | $33

9-10 a.m. | Thursdays | $18

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CLUBS Book Club Discussion on latest selection. Coffee and snacks provided.

11 a.m. | March 12 | 719-330-0241

FITNESS Chair Yoga Improves circulation and range of motion and promotes stress reduction and mental clarity.

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There’s such a thing as good taxes By Karen Telleen-Lawton


lap your hands if you enjoy paying taxes. Crickets. My first lesson in taxes came from my dad. His voting guide was simple: if the measure raises taxes, vote “no.” He made an exception for local school taxes. As I matured, I found his guideline didn’t work for me. Global and environmental problems like climate change require solutions not fundable on a local level. Income inequality has risen steadily since I was a young voter. According to Larry Summers, former Treasury Secretary and former director of the National Economic Council, “If the United States had the same income distribution it had in 1979, the bottom 80 percent of the population would have $1 trillion—or $11,000 per family—more annually. The top 1 percent would have $1 trillion—or $750,000—less.” Personal tax guidance requires understanding why we have taxes. Sousan Urroz-Korori, co-founder and past director of the Economics Institute at CU-Boulder, writes that a system of taxation “allows delivery of public goods to everyone and provides funding for capitalization.” Urroz-Korori believes the most important traits in a tax system are that it be progressive, simple and neutral. I absolutely agree that taxes should be progressive: higher incomes paying at a higher rate. Wealthy and upper middle-income earners can afford higher tax rates without impinging on their ability to provide the necessities for their families. Economists generally agree that a simple tax system, where the average citizen can understand and act on it, results in greater compliance. Tax avoidance and tax evasion are much lower with a simple system.

But neutral? I disagree. I believe it’s appropriate to use laws and taxation as carrots or sticks to affect production and consumption that causes financial harm or benefits to society. Helmet laws for cyclists reduce costs in publicly funded emergency rooms, for instance. “Sin” taxes such as those levied on the sale of cigarettes and alcohol provide funds for the societal costs they may cause. The Wall Street Tax Act of 2019 would have assessed 10 cents per $100 of transactions, potentially reducing “unproductive and speculative trading” and raising $777 billion over a decade. Marcus Stanley, policy director with Americans for Financial Reform, was confident the bill would transition investors toward longer-term investments that contribute to the real economy. However, the bill got stuck in the House Ways and Means Committee. Other countries in Western Europe have already implemented similar taxes. Nevertheless, Ken Bentsen, a securities industry executive, claimed, “major economies that have adopted such taxes have had overwhelmingly negative results...Past experience also suggests that it would raise less revenue than supporters often claim.” Of course, no one knows for sure how a new rule will pan out until it’s enacted. Ideally, laws would be based on game theory, where statistical analysis predicts actions and reactions. Instead, they’re designed by politicians, who depend more on compromise than efficiency. It takes a good public servant to vote in the interests of all the people rather than the well-represented privileged. I could never admit to loving taxes, but I appreciate their role in smoothing the way, whether the pothole is in the road in the economy! ■

Karen Telleen-Lawton helps seniors help themselves by providing bias-free financial advice. She is a Certified Financial Planner professional in Santa Barbara, California.

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