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If one of our jobs is to promote discussion in this community, we certainly succeededlast week. We received several negative comments about out "Best Retirement City" suggestions, notably why we had bothered to include New Haven and Boulder. The "Best Places to Retire for LGBT People" also stimulated a lot of discussion from people who didn't think we should have run it, along with others who were glad we did. We are sticking with our goal to make this siteuseful for everybone's retirement, no matter who you are and what kind of retirement you are looking for.   Don't miss out on these exchanges, subscribe to the Daily Alert here.

Set between Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains,  Olympia was named one of the best college towns in America by Outside. As the capital of Washington it serves as a regional shopping, cultural, and entertainment center.
Whether you believe climate change is human-activity induced or not, there are some disturbing weather and climate changes afoot. So before you pick a place to retire, you might want to read this.

The town south of Ft. Myers is low key and nice. It is very popular with retirees because of warm winters, easy lifestyle, and access to beaches and the Gulf of Mexico. 

Now that you are retired (or hope to soon) you have a new job - staying happy and fulfilled! What better way to learn how to do that than by observing elders who have been successful at it. This article provides 10 life lessons we've seen - some from your editor's mother (at left), and others from famous folks like Dick Van Dyke and Tony Bennett.
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