I’ll be celebrating my 85th birthday soon so my perspective is clearly different from letter writer Samantha Haber's response to Peter Orszag’s Oct. 11 Other Views article, A tattoo speaks volumes about the U.S. economy.
However, I would like to offer an old man's thoughts on the subject of tattoos. I've looked back at the things I did and some of them were pretty stupid.
The one thing that I didn't do was memorialize any of them by permanently engraving them on my skin. As a result I can think back to events and say, “Wow! That was really dumb,” and I'm the only one with that ability.
I owe a debt of thanks to the earlier me for that. He wasn't quite as silly as I sometimes think he was.
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Arnold Slotkin, Miami