My turn: Age not factor for honor

Freedom New Mexico

The Oscar Awards media coverage was bothersome and not because of the best and worst dressed picks.

It was what they said about Best Screenplay Writer, David Seidler, who won for “The King’s Speech.” They called Seidler a late-bloomer because his first golden statuette came in his mid-70s.

What a flawed cultural mentality. Why is it surprising that someone earns a high honor at what should be a “respectable age?”

Seidler’s a winner, not a late bloomer. Don’t things naturally get better with age? Our culture is obsessed with finding the Fountain of Youth that many ignorantly think the prime of life is in the 20s, 30s or 40s.

Age is always a factor in presidential elections. Ronald Reagan was too old, as was John McCain. But what happens when we elect inexperienced people who sound great in 30-second sound bytes, look energetic and excite youth with promises of “change,” but then lack wisdom and experience to implement positive change?

HGTV often shows young couples searching for homes with mother-in-law apartments, usually in basements, to tuck away the elderly. Multi-generational families are a blessing.

A few years ago, a study reported that winning an Oscar increases your life span, but at what age? Do people who become millionaires at a young age live long too? Probably not.