I just read Billy Fried’s most recent contribution entitled The Senior Scam. While I found most of the article’s content relevant, I was completely taken aback and offended by Mr. Fried’s derogatory generalizations about Florida and its residents.
First of all, I think it is completely disrespectful and lacking any sensitivity to refer to seniors in Florida, or any other state, as “addled.” They are people and deserve better. If they are failing in their later years, they deserve our compassion, respect and help, not derisive labels and desertion.
Secondly, “rednecks.” Define “redneck,” Mr. Fried. People who enjoy country music, drive a truck, enjoy a cold beer? I enjoy these things, so I guess I am a redneck, too. Maybe the term “deplorables” should be substituted for “rednecks.”
“Trumpers.” Not everyone in the state of Florida voted for our president. I have family and friends in Florida, also. Their political views are diverse. They respect differing viewpoints, not discount or dismiss them.
As you may have guessed by now, I am originally from Florida. Floridians come from all walks and political affiliations. There are native Floridians and transplants. In my opinion, Florida is more like California than not.
I will say that Florida does have less of this divisive attitude that is so prevalent right now and more of an attitude of thankfulness for our great country.