- The Washington Times - Monday, July 14, 2008

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Elderly people should not be discriminated against because of their age, but I wouldn’t vote for Sen. John McCain in the upcoming presidential election no matter what his age might be (“Ageism redefined,” Editorial, Saturday e-edition).

I am the same age as Mr. McCain. I have been athletic all my life, and I see my energy level declining, my senior moments occurring more frequently. That’s typical for people of Mr. McCain’s age. Unless he can prove he is atypical, I can see why many voters might consider Mr. McCain’s age to be an important reason not to vote for him.

In contrast, Sen. Barack Obama is at the peak of his mental and physical powers. His vim, vigor, vitality and vision are requirements for those seeking the most demanding 24/7 job on earth: the United States presidency.

PAUL L. WHITELEY SR.

Louisville, Ky.

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