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A most welcome column

Dear Editor:

I was one of the first Baby Boomers, having been born in June 1945. Watching the current 24/7 version of “American Idol” known as the 2008 Presidential Election, I had an epiphany: We, the Baby Boomers, are completely responsible for the current, sorry state of our country. Our generation and the children of our generation are running corporate America and the government, and doing a piss poor job of it.

A year or two ago, I read a synopsis of “The Greater Generation: In Defense of the Baby Boom Legacy” written by Leonard Steinhorn, a professor of communications at American University. This particular ivory tower intellectual redefined “clueless,” or was in a state of congenital and terminal denial. There is no defense for our generation. We blew it. We were given a priceless gift paid for with the blood, sweat and tears of our parents, and we put it in our noses instead of in the bank.

I just read Addison Gardner’s “Ninnies of the Nanny State” in the May 20 edition of this paper and felt as I did over 30 years ago when I discovered “Atlas Shrugged,” by Ayn Rand. It was as if time stopped, the skies opened, a pure white light shone down and a booming voice said, “Now hear this!”

An articulate, accurate and insightful work perfectly timed for Memorial Day. Thank you, Mr. Gardner, for reminding everyone that were it not for the qualities of the Greatest Generation, we’d be reading this paper in German or Japanese instead of having to press one for English.

Neal Pollack

Carbondale


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