From the December 1993 magazine.

Who's the Boss?

An old-timer speaks out about AA's singleness of purpose

My heart goes out to those long-term AAs who have let some of the newer people coming into the program, fresh from the drying-out-studios, become their boss. What else can it be when these valuable older members stop showing up, feeling they are being "trashed" by the newer ones instead of being respected?

Somehow, though, many of us have never thought of quitting. In fact, quite a few of us with long-term sobriety have felt that whatever contributions we are capable of making could be more important now than ever. So, we'er here to stay. And to make clarity and simplicity and singleness of purpose our objectives.

-- John R.

Santa Barbara, California

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