Charles Bayer

We Really Do Care for One Another

Sometimes what a community or a nation is at heart seems to be reflected in the grim side of the daily news. But underneath what the public often sees and the media reports may well be another reality. The realization that this less obvious aspect of life in America exists has recently dawned on me unexpectedly. For several months I have had a physical problem that makes walking difficult. So I use a four-wheel walker to get around outdoors and a cane to navigate indoors. While my wife takes her role as my primary caregiver very seriously, and among other things, keeps me at disciplined regular exercise, my friends and other members of our community are always ready to do for me what they sense I need. Not willing to lose my independence, I have laid down a rule: I want to do for myself whatever I can do, and will ask for help doing the things I cannot.

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A Note From Bill Moyers: A Date That Will Live in Infamy

Last year I met a fellow named Charles Bayer whom I came to know well simply through the columns he writes for “The Senior Correspondent,” an electronic outlet out of North Carolina. I liked the marquee—“The Senior Correspondent”—probably because that’s what I am. I read several of his articles and recognized a kindred spirit and now I have a growing collection of his work on my desktop. This is his latest and I’m sharing it with you because it comes not from New York or Washington where pundits wait in green rooms to hold forth on any cable or network show that will have them, but because he lives in a quiet corner of Claremont, California, where we met for the first and only time, and in his retirement has nothing to gain from his musings but his own and the satisfaction of a few of us who have learned to trust him. He describes himself as a “somewhat retired theological professor and congregational pastor” who still loves to think before he writes. Like others of us, he has lived long enough to see the connections between then and now. And the message the past has for the present.
—Bill Moyers

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