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Gen Z Isn’t Killing Your Industry


Gen Z, everyone’s latest favorite punching bag, is more invested in digital cameras than you might think. Over 60 percent of the youngest generation own or use a digital camera.

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Today’s youths—a category I begrudgingly admit that I fall into—are blamed for a lot; once a year, a new report, complete with a shiny statistic and scapegoat, bubbles to the surface and accuses us of destroying an industry. According to Business Insider, I and my fellow capitalism-quashers are killing Facebook (good!), preppy brands (good!), and books (OK, that’s not so good).

But I have exciting news, fellow youths: We’re not slaughtering the camera industry.

Over 60 percent of Gen Z use or own a digital camera, according to Digital Imaging Reporter. The majority are familiar with point-and-shoot cameras at 30 percent followed by DSLRs at 24 percent. Instant print cameras—perfect for capturing the mise en scene of Say Cheese and Die—sit at 18 percent. And bringing up the rear are action cameras and MILCs (mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras) at 14 and 5 percent, respectively.

The Why Axis BugDIR also found that 45 percent of Gen Z consider themselves snapshot photographers, meaning they’ll take a spur-of-the-moment picture when they want to document something new or exciting (but that’s probably not news if you’ve bumped into as many young, selfie-stick wielding tourists as I have). And given the ubiquity of online picture platforms such as Snapchat and Instagram, it makes sense for younger folks to be familiar with the photography world. Everyone knows how to capture theirbest angle and sniff out the best lighting, and it’s common knowledge that many preened and perfect Insta-models are using something with a bit more power than a scratched-up iPhone 8.

Physical-print sales benefit from today’s teens, too: 41 percent of Gen Z respondents purchased a print in the last year. Only Millennials bought more hard copies. Gen X’s percentage was roughly equivalent to Gen Z’s. And get this—Baby Boomers came in dead last.

Most of this information is surprising, both because of young people’s widespread adoption of an industry many assumed dead and given the expense of quality cameras and accumulated cost of prints.

And hey, I get it. Why wouldn’t I want high-quality beach selfies printed, framed, and hanging on my wall—especially when I spend so much time shifting and posing to make sure I’m following PCMag’s selfie guide.

Baby Boomers Provide Help For The Looming Worker Shortage


Environmental and societal changes are adding to the deferment of retirement.

"Based on data provided by The Bureau of Labor Statistics, we believe that by the year 2011, we will have a shortfall of 10,033,000 skilled workers. L. Gioia, author of Impending Crisis: Too Many Jobs, Too Few People and president of The Herman Group.

Bottom line: Baby Boomers can be key figures in soothing the impending worker shortage crisis. This looming shortage will result in fewer workers available to produce goods and services, threaten standards of living and dramatically reduce Medicare and Social Security funding. Higher employment rates among baby boomers could increase the labor force and reduce claims on retirement benefits.

Today, life expectancy in the United States is at an all-time high of 77.4 years. The shift from manufacturing to more computerized, less physically demanding jobs enables older workers to stay on the job. And, Congress recently raised the age at which retirees qualify for full Social Security Benefits from age 65 to 67, thus encouraging workers to remain in the workforce.

In 2004, only one-third of workers aged 55 and older plan at or older than age 66, according to the Retirement Confidence Survey, which reports annually on the retirement expectations of workers. Plus, approximately 70 percent of workers between ages 25 and 54 expect to work in retirement.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) tells us that once the oldest baby boomers reach age 65 in 2011, the population will begin to age rapidly. And the US Census Bureau predicts that between 2000 and 2040, the number of Americans aged 65 and older will more than double.

Baby Boomers can make a difference difference for US employers because of the knowledge and wisdom they possess, says Gioia. "We are seeing a new trend that personally brings us pleasure: Baby Boomers (ie mature workers) are being valued over young people for their stability and wisdom."

However, employers will have to learn to be more flexible if they want to hold on to this valuable human capital. They will have to offer part-time work, as well as job sharing and other accommodations.

In states with legal cannabis, teen use triggers concerns


DENVER — The first two states to legalize recreational marijuana are starting to grapple with teenagers’ growing use of highly potent pot, even as both boost the industry and reap huge tax windfalls from its sales.

Though the legal purchase age is 21 in Colorado and Washington, parents, educators and physicians say youths are easily getting hold of edibles infused with tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the psychoactive component that causes a high, and concentrates such as “shatter,” a brittle, honey-colored substance that is heated and then inhaled through a special device.

Each poses serious risks to adolescents’ physical and mental health.

“Underage kids have unbelievable access to nuclear-strength weed,” said Andrew Brandt, a Boulder, Colo., software executive whose son got hooked while in high school.

With some marijuana products averaging 68 percent THC — exponentially greater than the pot baby boomers once smoked – calls to poison control centers and visits to emergency rooms have risen. In the Denver area, visits to Children’s Hospital Colorado facilities for treatment of cyclic vomiting, paranoia, psychosis and other acute cannabis-related symptoms jumped to 777 in 2015, from 161 in 2005.

The increase was most notable in the years following legalization of medical sales in 2009 and retail use in 2014, according to a study in the Journal of Adolescent Health published in 2018.

“Horrible things are happening to kids,” said psychiatrist Libby Stuyt, who treats teens in southwestern Colorado and has studied the health impacts of high-potency marijuana. “I see increased problems with psychosis, with addiction, with suicide, with depression and anxiety.”

It is unclear whether all of this means years of generally stagnant pot use among children are coming to an end. Surveys finding little change with pot since 2014 “may not reliably reflect the impact of legalization on adolescent health,” the authors of that 2018 study concluded.

Washington’s latest Healthy Youth Survey showed 20 percent of eighth-graders and nearly half of seniors “perceive little risk of regular marijuana use.” Many teens consider it less risky than alcohol or cigarettes.

As more than a dozen states from Hawaii to New Hampshire consider legalizing marijuana, doctors warn of an urgent need for better education — not just of teens but of parents and lawmakers — about how the products being marketed can significantly affect young people’s brain development.

The limited scientific research to date shows that earlier and more frequent use of high-THC cannabis puts adolescents at greater jeopardy of substance use disorders, mental health issues and poor school performance.

“The brain is abnormally vulnerable during adolescence,” said Staci Gruber, an associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School who studies how marijuana affects the brain. “Policy seems to have outpaced science, and in the best of all possible worlds, science would allow us to set policy.”

The critics also insist that more must be done to maintain tight regulation of the industry. That’s not been the case so far, they argue, with dispensaries opening near high schools in Seattle and with retail and medical pot shops in Denver outnumbering Starbucks and McDonald’s locations combined.

The bills that passed this spring in each state’s legislature, with bipartisan support, aimed mostly for industry expansion or deregulation. Washington lawmakers lightened the consequences of administrative violations, allowing for written warnings in lieu of fines. Colorado lawmakers approved broader investment in marijuana businesses and home delivery for medicinal users – followed by delivery for recreational users in 2021. Colorado also gave the go-ahead for consumers to use the drug in licensed dispensaries, restaurants and theaters.

Some physicians liken the states’ actions to a public health experiment, one that supports the cannabis industry’s interests while ignoring the implications for adolescents’ health.

Census report shows aging population, more diversity in Lorain County


New numbers released by the U.S. Census Bureau for 2018 show an aging Lorain County and also a slightly more diverse one.

Lorain County’s population of people 65 and older more than doubled since 1980. The county ranks in the top 10 statewide in the growth of seniors as a percentage of total population.

Although the populations of both Ohio and the U.S. are aging, Lorain County has outpaced both with its increasing population of seniors. Lauren Ksiazek, executive director of the Lorain County Office on Aging, said she has seen the increase through the agency.

“We have seen an increase in requests,” she said. “But funding has not increased to accommodate the increase in the population. We actually took a cut in funding.”

The Office on Aging offers social services that help people stay in their homes, offers housekeeping, helps with Medicare and Medicaid and helps some grandparents who are raising their grandchildren.

Baby boomers fuel demand

Ksiazek said the new numbers are not and should not be a surprise to anyone. The increase is mostly due to the baby boomer generation, born between 1945 and 1964, continuing to reach retirement age and beyond. Ksiazek said the funding they receive did not increase when the boomers hit retirement and now the Office on Aging is stretching its budget to account for everyone who needs its services.

Ksiazek said they’ve had to put people on waiting lists for some of their programs and other aging organizations have had to do the same.

In 2000, the percentage of people 65 and older in Lorain County was about 12 percent, or about 23,000; they now account for 18 percent, or about 56,000, of the population.

Douglas Beach, CEO for the Western Reserve Area on Aging, said they also have seen a higher demand recently, which he said was expected. The birth rate after World War II increased dramatically and then slowed down around the 1970s, giving way to the baby boomers.

Beach said that although they were prepared, no generation is truly ready or prepared for retirement, as Social Security often isn’t enough to cover their needs. Social Security funds are expected to run out by 2035. Beach said the Western Reserve Area on Aging helps prepare people for retirement and also helps determine care plans for seniors.

It also partners with agencies like the Lorain County Office on Aging to deliver services.

Ryan Aroney, marketing and engagement director for United Way, and Beach emphasized social outlets for seniors, which helps their physical and mental health as they get out into the community.

As the population of people 65 and older increases, Beach said it’s important to ensure seniors are a part of a community and have social functions, as studies have shown it lessens the risk for health issues such as depression and dementia.

Aroney said United Way also focuses mostly on the health aspect and preventing chronic diseases, which is where their connection to seniors comes in.

Race, ethnic diversity grow

Numbers for racial and ethnic diversity increased slightly, but have shown a higher rate of growth since 2000. The Lorain County Hispanic population, which is counted as an ethnicity and not a race in the census, grew by about

60 percent between 2000 and 2018, from about 20,000 people to about 32,000.

Statewide, the number of white people has decreased by almost 2 percent, while the all other races and ethnicities have increased.

Aroney said there’s always been an interesting dynamic across Lorain County, with a mix of urban, rural and suburban areas, which brings a lot of diversity into the county.

“We’ve always been diverse,” he said. “… That’s always been our normal.”

Sacramento rookie officer killed on duty Baby boomers raise U.S. median age Moore to seek Alabama Senate seat Alabama’s Moore in U.S. Senate race Judge bars immigration arrests at court


Alabama’s Moore in U.S. Senate race

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama Republican Roy Moore announced Thursday that he is running for U.S. Senate again in 2020 after failing to win the seat two years ago amid sexual-misconduct accusations.

With his return to the political stage, Moore faces a crowded GOP primary field as he aims for an eventual rematch against Democratic U.S. Sen. Doug Jones, who bested him in the 2017 special election to fill the seat previously held by Jeff Sessions.

“I believe in America. I believe we’ve got to have politicians that go to Washington and do what they say,” Moore said during his announcement.

Some state and national Republicans, worried that Moore is too polarizing and could jeopardize what should otherwise be a reliable GOP seat, have discouraged him from entering the race.

Moore brushed aside that criticism Thursday, saying the people of Alabama are angry and want Washington to stay out of their elections

During the 2017 race, six women accused Moore of pursuing romantic or sexual relationships with them when they were teenagers as young as 14 and he was an assistant district attorney in his 30s. Two accused him of assault or molestation.

Moore denied the accusations and has said he considered his 2017 defeat, when he lost to Jones by 22,000 votes out of 1.3 million cast, “a fraud.”

Baby boomers raise U.S. median age

ORLANDO, Fla. — Data released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Thursday shows the median age in the U.S. increased by a year to 38.2 years from 2010 to 2018.

The change is attributed to the generation known as baby boomers — the group of Americans born between the end of World War Two and the Beatles’ American invasion in 1964 who have been hitting the retirement mark in the past eight years.

Among states, Maine had the greatest increase in median age, 2.2 years, going from 42.7 years to 44.9 years. For several years now, Maine’s population has grown older, a result of stagnant growth where deaths outnumber births and few people are moving in.

The only state whose median age got younger was North Dakota, which has undergone a population boom driven by growth in the energy sector.

Georgia executes man for ’96 killing

JACKSON, Ga. — A Georgia inmate convicted of the 1996 shotgun slaying of a man who had agreed to give him and another man a ride outside a Walmart store was executed Thursday evening.

Marion Wilson Jr., 42, was pronounced dead at 8:52 p.m. after an injection of the sedative pentobarbital at the state prison in Jackson, the office of the Georgia attorney general said in a statement.

Wilson and Robert Earl Butts Jr. were convicted of murder and sentenced to death for the shotgun slaying of 24-year-old Donovan Parks in Milledgeville, a community in rural Georgia about 90 miles southeast of Atlanta.

Wilson was convicted in November 1997 of malice murder, armed robbery, hijacking a motor vehicle, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and possession of a sawed-off shotgun. Butts was found guilty of the same charges about a year later.

Butts, who was 40, was executed in May 2018.

Sacramento rookie officer killed on duty

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A rookie Sacramento police officer was shot during a domestic violence call and lay wounded for about 45 minutes as the gunman kept officers at bay with bursts of fire, authorities said Thursday. She was finally rescued with an armored vehicle but died at a hospital.

“We are devastated,” Deputy Chief Dave Peletta said. “There are no words to convey the depth of sadness we feel or how heartbroken we are for the family of our young, brave officer.”

Officer Tara O’Sullivan, 26, was shot Wednesday evening while helping a woman collect her belongings to leave her home.

O’Sullivan graduated from the police academy in December and was working with a training officer.

She and other officers arrived at the home at 5:41 p.m. A half-hour later the first shots were fired, and O’Sullivan was hit, authorities said. The gunman continued firing a rifle-type weapon. At 6:54 p.m., additional officers responded with an armored vehicle to rescue O’Sullivan.

Five minutes later, O’Sullivan was taken to UC Davis Medical Center, where she died. The standoff lasted about eight hours before the gunman surrendered.

The woman O’Sullivan was helping was not hurt.

Police identified the suspect as Adel Sambrano Ramos, 45, of Sacramento.

His younger brother, Orlando Ramos, told The Associated Press that Adel Ramos is estranged from his family and has a long record that includes convictions for driving under the influence, drug use and domestic violence.

— Compiled by Democrat-Gazette staff from wire reports

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Police continue to block off the scene Thursday where a police officer was fatally shot late Wednesday in Sacramento, Calif.

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Study destroys the myth millennials wasting money in the UK


Millennials in the UK have seen their spending power plummet while baby boomers have grown wealthier over the past two decades, according to a new report.

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It said people aged 18 to 29 spent most of their spare cash on groceries, education and bills, while people aged 65 and over spent a higher share on hotels, culture, restaurants and recreation.

The findings suggest stereotypes of millennials being the most likely to waste money on eating and going out could be wide of the mark.

Two years ago an Australian millionaire made headlines worldwide by telling millennials to stop frittering away cash on “smashed avocado and coffee” if they wanted to get on the property ladder.

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The ‘Intergenerational Audit’ by the think tank suggests young people’s incomes have been squeezed since the financial crisis, just as they face higher housing costs.

It suggests there is a “long road” ahead for younger people trying to get on the property ladder at rates similar to older generations.

The report also warns the increased costs of pensions, care, welfare and healthcare for the older generation, living longer with more complex conditions, will be a “major demographic headwind.”

Younger working taxpayers will be contributing to the extra costs, estimated at an additional £36bn a year by 2030.

David Willetts, president of the Intergenerational Centre, said: “From frustrations about buying a first home to fears about the cost of care, Britain faces many intergenerational challenges. The big living standards gains that each generation used to enjoy over their predecessors have stalled.”

But he added: “Welcome steps are being made, from stronger pay growth for young millennials to the success of auto-enrolment into pension saving.”

First-time homebuyers battle baby boomers


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Baby Boomers and Obese Americans Will Need Personal Trainers


The personal training industry has gone through many changes within the past 5 years, but the industry seems to be growing at a good pace. With the popularity of Latin style exercise classes, power lifting and HITT type of training videos & classes, this industry is here to stay. With the baby boomer population retiring and extremely aware of maintaining a healthy lifestyle by being proactive with fitness, they will represent a large demographic at our fitness gyms and personal training studios.

Beside the baby boomers being proactive about their health, there is still a large part of America that is getting more obese, and with fast food chains making their options cheaper to purchase and readily available, American's are eating more than ever and moving less. As we know, it takes 3500 calories to create one pound of fat and some of these fast food options pack a large amount of calories, which will contribute to larger waste lines. The economy did not help this situation from getting better. With a lot of individuals losing their jobs and making their budgets tight, eating unhealthier choices just made sense financially, and if you need to feed your family, you will do whatever it takes to do so.

The challenging aspect is getting everyone moving and that starts in the home and at school. If parents are not motivated themselves to exercise and stay healthy, that mindset will be passed on to their children and this can create a life time of bad habits that are not conducive to living a healthy lifestyle. When it comes to schools, physical education and exercise time is just becoming something of the past. If we as physical educators and personal trainers really want to get a grip on this obesity problem in the United States, we need to bring back physical fitness in the schools. I know schools are on tight budgets, but if the health & fitness industry can come together and let the public school systems know that physical educators are important, it will be a great start.

The health & fitness industry is going to continue to grow for many years to come. With baby boomers starting to see the advantage of having a personal trainer and knowing the importance of maintaining their bone density and keeping with a healthy lifestyle, they are the ones with the financial means, so there will be more programs dedicated for this generation.

A survey asks, how old is old? Respondents answers were complicated


Nonetheless, Parker Health Group, Inc., a New Jersey company that provides aging services, including assisted living and memory care, decided to ask the question as part of an annual survey on attitudes about aging. The answers were complicated and, not surprisingly, varied considerably with the age of the 1,006 respondents. They were asked to pick one decade where they considered people old.

Purcell column: Our national debt is out of control, but nobody seems to care

Tom Purcell

Breaking news: Federal spending is out of control.

I’m kidding, of course. Spending, deficits and debt have been out of control for years. It’s just that last week we broke yet another record.

For the first time in our nation’s history, federal spending topped $3 trillion in a fiscal year’s first eight months, according to last week’s Monthly Treasury Statement.

How much is $3 trillion? According to Kiplinger, $3 trillion would pay the salaries of every member of the U.S. Congress for the next 32,336 years.

Of course the issue isn’t just what the U.S. government spends. It’s what the government spends relative to the tax revenue it takes in. In that regard, there’s some good news and some bad news.

The good news: The economy is doing well, causing tax revenue to swell. During this fiscal year’s first eight months, federal tax revenues were the second highest ever collected (they were down slightly from last year’s record amount).

The bad news: Our government continues to spend way more than it takes in — about $800 billion more during this fiscal year’s first eight months, despite tax revenue pouring in.

That $800 billion adds to our national debt, which now stands at a whopping $22 trillion.

How much is $22 trillion? If you were to repay $22 trillion at $220 million every day, it would take 273 years to pay off the balance — on an interest-free loan.

In other words, we have a massive spending, deficit and debt problem, but few people seem to worry about it anymore.

A recent Wall Street Journal article, “How Washington Learned to Love Debt and Deficits,” sheds light on the regrettable lack of interest in taming our growing debt.

“In theory, an increased supply of government bonds — sold to raise funds when spending exceeds revenues — should increase government borrowing costs,” write Kate Davidson and Jon Hilsenrath. “Theory also says big deficits crowd out business borrowing and increase private borrowing costs, too. The opposite has happened.”

What has happened is that the economy expanded by a robust 5.2 percent last year while the cost of government borrowing remained relatively low — one reason why immediate concerns over spending, deficit and debt concerns have waned.

How long we can get away with heavy borrowing is anyone’s guess. As baby boomers retire in big numbers, the costs of Social Security, Medicare and other government programs will soar. We already are not able to pay our bills. The Congressional Budget Office estimates we will begin falling $1 trillion short in 2022 and keep falling short by that amount annually through 2029.

Even this English major can calculate that our national debt may stand at $33 trillion or more by 2030.

How much is $33 trillion? It’s $30 trillion more than the debt was in 1989, $28 trillion more than it was in 1999, $21 trillion more than it was in 2009 and $11 trillion more than it is now.

It worries me that I’m one of the few Americans left who worries that our deficits, spending and debt are out of control.

So I may as well have some fun with the subject.

If the U.S. government printed $1 million bills, a whole bathtub’s worth of them wouldn’t equal $1 trillion. And 33 bathtubs full of $1 million bills won’t be enough to cover our national debt in 2030.

Copyright 2019 Tom Purcell. Tom Purcell, author of “Misadventures of a 1970’s Childhood,” a humorous memoir available at amazon.com, is a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review humor columnist and is nationally syndicated exclusively by Cagle Cartoons Inc. For info on using this column in your publication or website, contact [email protected] or call (805) 969-2829. Send comments to Tom at [email protected].