I read the letter in the paper from the community columnist about adding "trendy stores" to the downtown Warren area. They had those stores 25 years ago; the writer too young to remember. They had antique stores, used furniture stores, cafes and trendy used clothing stores. They even had a hotel that was beautiful and a restaurant inside. I know because friends of mine and I used to go and shop and eat there. Where did they go? They all left, one by one by one. It is nice to know that cities across the country have them, but they do no sustain the city. Nice to know that you will live in an apartment in the city with a Starbucks, a trendy restaurant and a place to buy some groceries. They had that; they left. And it is nice to know that a major purchase like a house has little interest to you, or a car is not necessary to your generation and you cannot be bothered with the basic upkeep of either one of these, or even mowing the lawn is inconvenient and expensive.
But one question, who is going to pay for all these new schools if we do not have new and young homeowners? See, the baby boomers are finished paying for our homes, for school levies. I think our message was loud and clear at the last election, that we do not support another levy with 70 percent saying no. We now have to focus on maintaining our life in retirement, and the younger generation has to take on that responsibility. See, we are finished refurbishing our homes. Our children have graduated from school and most have moved away to pursue a career elsewhere.