As of June 1, my husband joined me in retirement. It is no longer necessary to wait for the weekend to have fun, because every day seems like Saturday. Doing things on the spur of the moment no longer upsets our schedule because, and here it comes, we have no schedule.

There are restaurants to be discovered. So we try a breakfast out here, a lunch out there, or a dinner somewhere else. That is how we discovered BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse in Frederick, Dunlap’s in Gettysburg and Plum Crazy in Westminster.

We’ve been to an Orioles game on a Thursday and took the Guinness brewery tour near BWI Airport on a Wednesday. We’ve been to the grandkids’ football games on Saturday, gone to the movies at 11 a.m. during the week, and bowled just for fun on Tuesday morning and Wednesday afternoon. We’ve planned a three-day getaway to Deep Creek Lake with our daughter and son-in-law and are looking forward to it.

Our love of books is not new, but we are now reading at a record pace. We get movies from the library and we often buy used movies at Wonder Book and Video in Frederick. I’ve lost count of how many movies we’ve seen since June 1.

One of the most enlightening things we did recently was attend our first Emmitsburg town meeting.

Since we rely on wood to heat our home, my husband was naturally interested in a draft resolution that was going to be discussed at the meeting regarding the taking of downed trees on town property near the watershed area.

The Board of Commissioners, led by President Clifford Sweeney, welcomed my husband’s comments. The town manager, Cathy Willets, seemed knowledgeable and competent, and her input and that of Mayor Don Briggs and the other commissioners was invaluable. It might surprise you how interested your elected officials are in getting input from the community and how thoughtfully and patiently they listen to ideas or complaints from community residents.

It is important that we understand the reality of the issues that affect our community. Therefore, transparency and truth between public servants and the community is vital. We were glad that our first taste of local government was a positive experience. Local politics is important. This is where it starts. Get good people here and it spreads

I admit that my main interest is national politics. Unfortunately, our federal government, under the incompetent leadership of President Donald Trump, has given up all pretense of being either transparent or honest. Public servants should perform their jobs based on America’s long-held principles and they should certainly cast their votes based on the relevant facts of each issue, not based on their pocketbooks or personal biases.

Right now, Trump and Senate Republicans are spending way too much time finding ways to make our lives worse. The national debt and federal deficit have increased significantly

under Donald Trump, and now he and Senate Republicans are talking about what to cut to bring it in line. To correct what they caused, they have been eyeing programs that we benefit from or paid into, programs that helped make our retirement, and may make yours as well, not only possible but more comfortable.

Bring back the days when Republicans and Democrats worked together. To accomplish that, we are going to have to cast our votes with the sole intention of removing the chaotic ineptitude that grips the White House and the Senate and replacing it with capability, experience, honesty and professionalism.

In many ways, my husband’s retirement has brought us closer. The love feels stronger, the laughter more frequent. My husband and I are making magical days here and I do realize how very lucky we are. Even on days when I wake up with an aching joint or back pain, I tell myself, “Kid, it ain’t over till it’s over!” I work out the kinks and welcome the new day.

We’ve got to keep those programs that make retirement possible and affordable. I would give anything to be able to spread this warm, fuzzy feeling around, but the best I can do is be thankful for it, wish with all my heart the very same for you, and vote intelligently.

Patricia Weller writes from Emmitsburg. She can be reached at

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Funny, jersey always wait until most have moved on to post her misleading or untruthful stuff and never responds. Must take the Internet longer to get to her/him...


Another political screed wrapped in a saccharine crepe. Tedious.


Thank you for sharing. I rather liked it. Not every statement of joy is political.


Did you just buy a thesarus?


These people are all confused. The letter does not add up. If they spend all their retirement visiting restaurants, then they obviously don't care about their health or how long they live, as restaurants rob you of both. So why worry about how long your retirement income will last? If you keep eating at restaurants you won't need it anyway. These people should donate their money to PPA to help teenage girls impregnated by southern white christian-valued men travel to good blue states for abortions. God, there must be thousands of them.


Who is confused? The oiginal restaurants were to promote health. Wikipedi writes "The first use of the word to refer to a public venue where one can order food is believed to be in the 18th century. In 1765, a French chef by the name of A. Boulanger established a business selling soups and other "restaurants" ("restoratives")."


Kind of bitter take on the article FCPS


FCPS, you're making a lot assumptions. For one thing, Patricia and her husband may be on pensions that will last throughout their lives. So, they are not necessarily going to live longer than their money. You do not know what they did in their careers. Second; if they like going to restaurants every day, what makes that unhealthful? I had great aunts and uncles who went to restaurants every day and were active until the very end of their lives. They also did not smoke or drink. Also, they contributed money and time to their church for years and were active in social activities. And why should they give their money to charity? I'm guessing that they have made their daughter's life a good one and those of their grandchildren. I know from my own family who were well-to-do, that they enriched my life when I was a child. They took me places (sight-seeing in the District, for example), other fun day trips, took me out to lunch in fine restaurants, and bought me beautiful dresses (as a child) on my birthdays and Christmas. Your comments are out of line. I'm glad for them that they have a wonderful retirement. It is a great thing to have a happy retirement and for them to enjoy life while they are both still healthy. Too many people put things off until it's too late.


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Thank you, Gary. One thing that I forgot to mention is that my family (from which I speak) did not have any children of their own. They were also generous in time and money for those in the family who were less well off. They were wonderful people. I look back to the fun times in my life. They also helped provide me with a grounding in life that too few people have had in their lives today. They were role models to my daughter, also.


Another obvious fix for Social Security is to stop giving Social Security benefits to wealthy people. This is not rocket science. People like Mitch McConnell are standing in the way of common sense in government.


That may be a nice idea but would probably be considered to be a breech of contract since we were all (including the rich) told what are benefits would be. You would have the best opportunity by changing the rules for those who have yet to enter the workforce. However, social security is an expensive insurance policy at best and should be replaced. The government should invest the money and get a higher rate of return than it currently pays those who've paid into the system, and with its resources it can weather downturns in the market much better than individual investors.


So penalize those that saved money, earned wealth during their working years and contributed the max to social security each year by only allowing all other to have it? True socialist aren’t you?


I think you are confusing Social Security and a 401K. Your SS contribution is a set percentage of your salary, you cannot pay in extra. You can make extra contributions into a 401K or IRA. The comment was about SS (required contributions), not 401K or IRA elective contributions


I had rather increase the income that they pay taxes on than to cut them off from beenfits they are entitled to. They earned them with their payments. Entltlements are not giftts. They ARE earned benefits.


The fix for Social Security is simple - just make FICA a progressive tax, rather than capping it. I know Bernie and Warren are on top of that, but not sure about the other candidates. It is So obvious, but I don't think it happens unless Democrats win presidency and the Senate.


“Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be, the last of life, for which the first was made. Our times are in his hand who saith, 'A whole I planned, youth shows but half; Trust God: See all, nor be afraid!”

― Robert Browning


I really enjoyed your column. You are right about the national politics. I really don't care what party is in power, if they are doing what is in the best interest of the country and us. Right now, under Donald Trump the Republicans have thrown away their traditional beliefs.


Retirement is great. Enjoy it. Try reading the Constitution and researching prior democratic presidents. You will see far worse fiscal responsibility than you are seeing in the current Administration.


No Democrat ever had to look at cutting Social Security, Medicaid or Medicare to fund tax havens for the rich. Ever.


Because they never would do to us what the Republicans want to do.


Ignorance is bliss niceund.


“Well, the Democrats did it”.....Sarah Huckleberry Sanders favorite defense of Trump.


niceund - suggest you do a little research. The country has traditionally faired better under Democrats. That is factual and not the myth often pushed by Republicans.


hayduke2 Sep 20, 2019 9:52am

Trolling again. Show the proof of this claim.


"ipso facto"


You have time - look it up.


So you got nothing as normal. I have done the research and my shows otherwise, that is why I was asking what you are looking at. But you never provide more than one or two word rebuttals but expect others to have a long detailed answer to prove you wrong. More Hayduke nonsense or should we go with spin?


Look at economic trends and you will see that the economy does better overall under Democrats. Why should I take the time to provide websites when you won’t acknowledge them. No spin but your mind is always made up and you simply stay uninformed.

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