So gentlemen, I have written a lengthy historical perspective so that you can all look back and get a good picture. Many of you were not around for all the above proposals; some of you were rather young; some may not have even been living within our city; some of you, like me, may have now become seniors; and some of you who have joined us within the past few years may not have any insight as to how long this has been on the table. We are a city that has continued to abandon the needs of our seniors, as well as our community. I hope that before you vote, you think about two things. First, do the math and add it up as to the waste of all that already spent money if you do not act. We have over and over again put our money up to no avail. Second, reflect on the manpower; the number of volunteers, citizens and staff hours; the continued deterioration of the current senior center; the majority votes and good decisions abandoned for the self-serving “naysayers”; and a total disregard for the best good for all of Salem’s citizens, especially our seniors.
Quite honestly, as a longtime citizen in this city, I am embarrassed by this story. Some say we need a stand-alone center. Well, nothing is standing. The definition of gerontology is the study of aging. Each day, each and every one of us ages. The future of longevity is preventive approaches to aging. A senior center/community life center can broaden the scope of aging from the beginning to the end of life. We have not only a need but a moral obligation to see this already determined center built.
So I ask each and every one of you while you sit and ponder all I have spelled out above to look within yourself and “STAND AND DELIVER.” This may not be exactly what everyone wants but is clearly the best possible last stand.