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Letting down the planet

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I am a boomer and I am disappointed. The generation before us has been referred to as "the greatest generation," because they survived the Great Depression and fought and won possibly the only justifiable war ever, and when they were done they created the most egalitarian society the world has ever seen.

We boomers started with so much hope. We were going to break down the racist, sexist, bigoted attitudes of our parents and to a degree we did. Unfortunately, that is all we did.

We have tried to only fight just wars but we can't seem to win them. We tried to have equality but we found we preferred big-screen televisions. We wanted to feed the poor but we would rather make poor the people who feed us (all the minimum wage workers at the fast food stores).

Now we are trying to fight our way out of a depression and all we can do is complain the government we emasculated won't take proper care of us in our dotage.

I hope our children's generation lives up to our parent's generation and not ours, or we will get exactly what we deserve.

JOHN GRAHAM

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 30, 2013 A8

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