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The media says we can't be friends

Mar 03, 2020 11:10AM ● By Cloie Sandlin

Do you know Ellen Roberts? If you’re from Fruita or have attended BeaconFest, it’s likely that you do. Read more about this farm girl-turned-showgirl

You may have heard about the “Ok, Boomer” meme that’s being thrown around by my generation (Gen Y, aka Millennials). According to The New York Times, “Ok Boomer” marks the end of friendly generational relations with Gen Y and Z, who use it to mock and blame Boomers for their economical and societal woes.

Although this trend has received significant media attention nationally, it’s not at all new. Younger generations use it in retaliation to insults directed at them for their inexperience and perceived laziness, but even Boomers can attest to feeling frustrated and being belittled by their predecessors. (“Never trust anyone over 30?”)    

Melanie Wiseman, the reporter who wrote this month’s story, is a Boomer. We’re generations apart, but we’re also great friends! Just because the media says this trend is dividing generations doesn’t mean it’s true. In polling my Facebook friends about what they thought about “Ok, Boomer,” the majority said it was rude, disrespectful and juvenile.

All generations have something we can learn from each other. Respect goes both ways—the least we can do is embrace communication and show respect for others’ opinions, even if we disagree.

[P.S. Do you know Ellen Roberts? If you’re from Fruita or have attended BeaconFest, it’s likely that you do. Read more about this farm girl-turned-showgirl]

Write a Will Month

Tax season is here, which is a good reminder to start thinking about your will. Not sure where to start? Register for one of three free Write a Will Month seminars at Mesa County Libraries in March. See page 20 for a list of dates and times.

Vote for Volunteer of the Year

The volunteers featured on the center spread have been nominated for the BEACON’s 2020 Volunteer of the Year award. Make sure to read their stories and vote for your favorite! The last day to vote online is April 12.

Food and fun at BeaconFest!

All of the nominated volunteers will be recognized at BeaconFest Boomer and Senior Fair on Thursday, April 16. Don’t miss the biggest party of the year from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Two Rivers Convention Center. There will be delicious food, lively entertainment, informational booths and seminars. Plus, admission is FREE!

Win Doobie Brothers tickets

The Doobie Brothers are coming to Denver’s Pepsi Center on August 30 for their 50th-anniversary tour, and the BEACON is giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky reader! Fill out the entry form in the BEACON on page 36 and bring it with you to BeaconFest. Stick around for the drawing at the end of the show. You must be present to win.