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Letter: Pensioner apathy undermines fight.

Byline: E Smith

APATHY is eating its way into many aspects of the democratic society, slowly and quietly working against our way of life as we know it.

It's only when something happens, that the alarm bells start to ring and we all wake up to the fact that a democratic way of life is what we chose, and we have to fight to maintain the freedom it offers. Contained in this freedom are pensioners rights to have their say for better conditions, to maintain decent living standards and fair play.

This present Government has listened to the active members of the pensioner groups, from the Executive and Area Branch groups of the National Old Age Pensioners Association of Wales - presided by Don Touhig, MP, Under Secretary of State for Wales.

As the secretary for South East Glamorgan area committee with nine branches, aided by a treasurer and chairman, but no delegates, because of the ageing and disability problems, I still maintain contact, by a news letter and executive minutes for all branches.

To some extent the apathy also includes the membership of the pensioners' clubs, and the selection of members who are willing to take over from present officers and form committees. Unless this comes about, branches will close.

After all, persons over 50 are tomorrows pensioners.

E Smith

Brecon Court, Barry
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:May 3, 2002
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