Beholdin’ the Golden Years

Regarding "America's Best Healthy Places to Retire" [September 29-October 6]: On your next visit to Punta Gorda, Fla., you might want to consider a tour guide for the night life.

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Regarding "America's Best Healthy Places to Retire" [September 29-October 6]: On your next visit to Punta Gorda, Fla., you might want to consider a tour guide for the night life. Mama Nunzia, on the southern limit of Punta Gorda, offers a Tuesday open-mic night and free Latin dance instruction. Moving up, the Slip-not also has entertainment. At Fisherman's Village, there is an assortment of fun things to do. The Ice House offers darts and assorted exotic beverages. Celtic Ray has the meanest fish and chips this side of the Atlantic.

Sharon Fultz Punta Gorda, Fla.

The median home price in the majority of selected retirement cities would far surpass the average middle-class retirement income, not factoring in the property taxes involved. This recent economic crisis has had a definite effect on retiree security that we have worked and saved for. We all would enjoy the mountain air, the golf courses, the sea air, but we also enjoy the ability to pay our living costs and still live a life that we worked and saved for. Retirement should mean enjoying our "golden years," but recent economic events have really tarnished them for many of us.

Marlene C. Michaels New Braunfels, Texas