We Hear You, Part I for the July/August Issue

Readers respond to the July/August issue

by the More.com editors

Like many of your original readers, I am now well into my 50s and find that MORE seems less relevant to my life than it used to, as it seems to push very expensive, professional fashions and shoe, sexualized/airbrushed layouts, and the fashion is geared to the recently turned 40 year-olds living in urban environments. I’m all about embracing the authenticity of my new-found older self, not trying to look 35. Where are the models with the white hair and the regular bodies, wearing clothes and shoes that are not only affordable but wearable as well?
Maybe it’s time to launch your next magazine (for over 50s): "MOST!" Sincerely,
Di Harlow
Moraga, California

Athletics over Academics
I absolutely agree with Claudia Dreifus. For years I guided my daughters to concentrate in school and strive for good grades above all else (including athletics) so they could get college scholarships—only to receive great disappointment when Advance Placement classes and strong grade point averages left them without much help from the educational community. My daughters are facing six figure debt to complete their educations…and taking heavy class loads to graduate in 3 1/2 years instead of 4 (or typically 5).

How can we as a nation value athletic ability over academic—giving full ride scholarships because someone can catch or throw a ball—instead of to the students who will make us a better nation and provide the leadership our country so needs? I also believe our country has placed too much emphasis on college degrees. This has helped drive up the cost of an education simply because of supply and demand. Not everyone needs to go to college, and yet those that do not have very little opportunity for on-the-job training. Thank you for printing Claudia Dreifus’ article. It made my day.
Jean Borgardt

A Touching Tribute
Many thanks to Roxana Robinson for her lovely memoir about her parents and their issues with inevitable aging and the onset of Alzheimer’s: Ms. Robinson’s touching tribute to her mother and father evoked the struggle we all must face. I was especially touched by her deep respect and love for both of her parents, and the purity of her concern for them as they faced daunting changes in their lives. I also maintain messages on my phones from my mother, now departed, and my father—still living. Their saved messages to me give me lasting comfort.
Renton, Washington

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