Long live the rock and rollers

When I was a young man, I assumed that The Beatles would live long and prosper, as Spock used to say, but The Rolling Stones would die early due to wild lifestyle. I was wrong about a lot of other things too, but the theme of this article is long lived rock and rollers.

Monday night I attended the Alice Cooper concert at EKU Theater. He is 71 years of age and he performed for 90 minutes including jumping around on stage.

Here is another example, Hank Williams Jr. He is 70 years old. This summer my daughter and I saw him in a show at a state fair. I couldn't believe my eyes. His face looked about 50. He was jumping around on stage and frequently telling the audience that we could, kiss his 'rear end.' He has girls that can cook, girls that can clean, and girls that can do everything in between, so I don't know why he feels the need to invite the audience to do their job, but I can assure you he does.

Another summer concert was Sir Paul McCartney. He was quite lively on stage, and rather cute when after some planned explosions during Live and Let Die, he pantomimed, too loud, shaking his head and grimacing.

Could it be that sex, drugs and rock and roll is actually the long sought fountain of youth? At least if you can make it past age 27? I am thinking of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, Brian Jones and Amy Winehouse. The last of which didn't actually sing to rock and roll, but was similar in every other way.

Consider The Rolling Stones. Keith Richards. There is no logical reason on God's green earth that he should be alive today. He was born during World War 2! He has consumed every recreational drug known to modern man, in quantity. He has fallen out of a tree. He eats Shepard's Pie. Along with his best friend, Mic Jagger, he looks like he crawled out of a coffin. They played a concert Aug. 30, 2019!

Bill Carey

Richmond

A tip for Democratic Presidential candidates

Survey data shows that restaurant servers and customers love the tipping system. Why do most of the Democratic Presidential candidates want to scrap it?

The current approach works well: Servers are legally guaranteed to earn at least the minimum wage with tips included; Census Bureau data shows they report earning twice that or more, thanks to generous tips that follow great service.

Tipped workers have fought against changes to this system, and with good reason. In states that have abandoned the tipped wage system, servers often find themselves replaced with automated alternatives, such as tabletop ordering devices. A new report from economists at Miami and Trinity Universities finds that restaurants staff fewer tipped workers in these high-cost environments.

Here's a tip for the politicians supporting a change to this system: The employees don't want it.

Michael Saltsman is Managing Director of the Employment Policies Institute

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