The Nation: Champ of the Elderly

Mandatory retirement is an extravagant waste of people pie. I've seen the tragedy and poignancy of people being pushed out of their jobs, having their health falter because there is nothing to live for. Economically, socially and spiritually, it's wrong." The words alone would qualify Claude Denson Pepper as Congress's leading foe of mandatory retirement; the fact that the Representative from Miami is 77 years old makes him an undeniable Capitol Hill champion of the old.

Nowadays Pepper must face the same test that all elderly people who are working do: Can he handle the job? Chairing the Select Committee on Aging,...

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