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Letter: Are we really better off today?

To the editor:

One evening I was talking with my wife about recent shootings at schools, the computer age and the state of our country. I mentioned to her that we were born before television, penicillin, polio shots, frozen foods, HP, computer products, contact lenses, the Internet and the pill. We had no credit cards, laser beams, or even a ball point pen. We had not invented things like, panty hose, air conditioners, dishwashers, clothes dryers, the space shuttle or walks on the moon.

Every family had a mom and dad, we always called people “sir,” or “madam.” The two of us were born before on-line dating, day care centers, and, of course, group therapy. We grew up, living our lives by the Ten Commandments, and good old fashioned common sense. We were taught to stand up for our rights and take responsibility for our actions. If you served your country, it was a privilege, and living in the U.S.A. was an even bigger privilege. Grass is what I mowed on Saturday, coke was a soft drink, pot was something that mom cooked in, aids were helpers in school, and software wasn’t even a word. I guess we are old fashioned. I wonder what happened to the country that I grew up in. My wife tells me,” it’s a different world and times have changed! But has that change really been for the better?

Noel H. Landriani

Greenfield

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