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A generation of difference

April 25, 2013

Dear Editor: I finally made it. I was you 35 years ago, and now I’m a senior citizen. See, when you turn 65 that is what you are called, and 35 years from now you will be me....

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Apr-25-13 5:15 AM

Well, spoken Ruth! Unfortunately, our society today rewards bad behavior at every turn and no one is responsible for the choices they make in life. Even though I am old and fat, I wouldn't trade places with any young person because you and I possess what they will never acquire...and that is discipline, integrity and a strong work ethic.

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Apr-25-13 7:51 AM

Ruth, spot on observations. One thing my Dad taught me that still holds true for me, always make sure your shoes are polished. It doesn't matter if they are new but polished shoes lets people know you think about the little things. To this day, the first thing I look at are shoes. DD, you are correct about the discipline, integrity & work ethic.

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Apr-25-13 8:47 AM

amen ruth. i blame the woodstock crowd and their drug induced liberal- progressive movement. they now control the government. may god help us.

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Apr-25-13 12:15 PM

Couldn't have said it better Ruth. Yes, mistakes were made. I'm a decade behind you and my parents instilled family, country, and community in us. What a shame this young people today have learned only, me, me and more me. Not how hard work, loyalty and self respect will get them to where it is they want to be. As a society they will loose three generations of prosperity before they realize that self respect will be what brings them back from the brink.

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Apr-25-13 6:37 PM

Ruth...thanks for the memories. Could'nt agree more.

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Apr-26-13 6:36 AM

AWESOME letter Ruth. I am a a bit over ten years behind you. I am worried that when I get to be a senior, the younger generation will simply want to put me away somewhere because I may no longer contribute to thier wants and desires. They will consider me and you simple objects of a bygone era. One they do not understand, nor care to learn about. The generations before us built the country, we all in our way have contributed also. The new generation only wants to look in the mirror and say, me, me, me. This will ruin the work that previous people like you described,who worked so hard to accomplish.

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Apr-26-13 9:09 AM

Perfectly stated! 13 years behind you, Ruth, but I was raised by older parents and have siblings your age and older. I look around me today and am actually at peace that my parents didn't live long enough to see this mess. I try hard with my own children, but it is very difficult battling society.

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Apr-26-13 11:26 AM

... What a selfish article, and selfish comments. I guess when attending those memorial ceremonies you are only seeing what you want to see. I find this article as an overgeneralization of young people. I could do the same about the senior citizens but wil not. Because I DO have respect for them all. I DO have "discipline, integrity and a strong work ethic." It would be nice for some understanding and respect as well...

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Apr-26-13 2:01 PM

I agree with mccartks, who sounds like one of the young people Ruth paints (smears) with a very broad brush.

Matter of fact, it's letters like Ruth's that really make me ASHAMED to be a fellow member of her generation.

You shame us, Ruth; you have become a caricature (a cartoon version) of all those whiny-grumpy old farrts we remember from our youth -- you remember? -- the sense of entitlement simply because they'd managed to reach a certain age; the impatience with all things youthful; the endless complaints about hair and music and you name it; the interminable monologues, pontificating on everything from "the good old days" to modern economics; and the incessant whining for respect.

You need to get out more, Ruth. The vast majority of young people are ambitious, energetic, respectful, positive, achievers. Offer your volunteer services at your local school or hospital, where you will meet young people who fit exactly the description I summarized.

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Apr-26-13 2:09 PM

And remember, Ruth -- there's a big world out there full of all kinds of people, young as well as old, and everything in between.

You will find what you're looking for, for good or ill.

If you choose to suspect the motives of everyone, and look at the world through the eyes of a cynic, you will see the worst in everyone.

I for one refuse to be the stereotypical old curmudgeon.

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Apr-26-13 4:28 PM

you liberals really don't see the crumbling of our morals and culture do you?

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Apr-26-13 5:35 PM

motsttaw, yes I do. The way you said "you liberals" really proves your own point. Anyway to go on I do. Not just among young people but among all people in this country. We have become so divided in this country, we apparently can not have a discussion with out someone being negative and bringing someone down. THIS is the problem. Its either a young or old thing, right or left thing, gun or gun control thing... IT is ALWAYS something anymore. This is why our "morals and culture" are crumbling. That is the problem, something so simple and dumb as a kindergartner arguing over a toy. What kind of example are we setting for the younger kids.

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Apr-26-13 9:19 PM

I have seen both sides. I also am a little over 10 years behind Ruth and was taught to be respectful to my elders, hold doors for others, say yes mam, yes sir, respect others property, and I don't see that in society today. I see people pollute all the time, rudeness at the stores, people say get me and give me! There are a lot of very well bred an polite people out there very few live in the inner city but a few do most are outside. I see a lot more polite people, probably because I'm handicapped.

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Apr-26-13 9:28 PM

yeah lay off the liberal crap...I own a lot of guns, have shot some really nice big ones, I believe in the death penalty I'm very conservative in a lot of my views. But I believe in gun checks, woman's rights, gay rights, all for stopping the import of people to this country from other countries (we are full!!!) and closing the border but I don't consider myself a liberal!

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Apr-26-13 9:58 PM

ohcwby you are not a liberal. you just paralleled my views. google"libertarian party platform"

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Apr-27-13 12:09 AM

It has nothing to do with liberal and conservative and everything to do with materialism versus spiritualism. All segments of society have become more me oriented because they worship stuff, not God. They obey their own selfish hearts, and could care less about the well-being of their neighbors.

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Apr-27-13 1:41 AM

The point is I don't care! I vote Independently and have for some time. I don't label it. I vote for whomever I think lies least. Which is harder an harder these days. LOL : )

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Apr-27-13 5:05 AM

ohcwby you are right. isn't it a shame that it comes down to who lies the least?

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Apr-27-13 5:25 AM

big government and big business have melded into one. the individual has been pushed aside. this has happened world wide. from where i stand individual rights are gone. all freedom is based on individual rights. the future doesn't look good to me.

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Apr-27-13 5:34 AM

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Apr-27-13 5:39 AM

i say put the federal and state governments on a 5 year hiatus. get rid of em for a while. we can run just fine on our local elected officials and school boards thank you.

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Apr-27-13 6:05 AM

i believe that the mayors of warren, girard and youngstown are dedicated. after all who would want that thankless job. we don't need the feds or the state sticking their noses into how we run our communities. do you?

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Apr-27-13 10:26 AM

ohcwby, you are a libertarian. Congratulations. It is conservative with a let 'em live attitude. When it comes to gay or abortion, if it doesn't apply to them, then why would others weigh in? It's not the government's business either and they just leverage these issues to get votes anyway and people are stupid enough to vote on these issues. War on women and all these manufactured crisis - get a brain. (rhetorically speaking)

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Apr-27-13 11:16 AM

the people of the the mahoning valley are too dumb to decide if they want horseracing, where in their community to put it, how big it should be and get this one, how many seats it should have.

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Apr-27-13 11:25 AM

in 1830 the people decided to share the nations wealth using a public school system funded and controlled by local communities and their elected school boards. what happened to that one. here's what happened: state dept. of ed.,the u.s. dept. of ed. again, we are to dumb.

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