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This is my effort to share my thoughts with readers about concerns facing our country today.  I believe there is a good chance my grandchildren may be the first generation in the history of this great country not to have a better standard of living than their parents. If so, our generation is to blame. The clock is running out for damage control. .

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I'm a 67 year old retired business executive who is very concerned about the legacy we are leaving our grandchildren. Our parents were part of the Greatest Generation. We learned a lot from them, but we didn't pass much on in the way of political demands. We were too busy making our fortunes and spoiling our children to apply our leadership lessons to keeping our country great. Now, it may be too late. 

In 1989 I walked out of a corn field in Sioux City Iowa after going down in UA 232. I made some promises to myself. I got more involved in doing things for others. I raised money for the Children's Miracle Network. I served on the board of Children's Memorial Hospital. My wife and I started going on the American Dream Flight. We were chaperones and pushed wheel-chairs for 5 days with cancer kids in Florida.We made six trips and this will always be one of the best experiences of my life. I learned so much from those kids. Like me they had what seemed to be a certain death sentence. I had 40 minutes to deal with my certain doom. Many of them have been dealing with it for months. What amazing spirits they all have. What a great attitude with the cards they have been dealt. How unfair it is to see kids going through this. This has come to an end for us, since we felt the kids needed younger people with more energy involved. 

I've met a lot of goals in my life. I've been married for almost 44 years. I've been a successful executive. I've raised two great daughters. I've achieved financial security. I've studied at Harvard Business School. I've run a marathon, climbed Mt.Ranier, have a valid racing license, and have four holes in one. But, one of the greatest joys in my life is my 6 grandchildren.

I get unconditional love from each and every one. I revel in their accomplishments and talents and applaud their modesty. They are doing all the things they should be doing to have all the things this country should offer them.

More than anything else in my life I owe them that chance. I believe change needs to be made and made fast to meet that obligation. I have pledged my energy, experience, and resources to get that done. 

Hopefully, you will join me in this effort.