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From page A5 | November 05, 2012 | 2 Comments

EDITOR: I was sorry to read in Patrick Ibarra’s column Oct. 29 that you feel your generation is “consistently criticized instead of embraced.” You fear that even today you are being judged as you were in 2004. It may be so, because your piece showed a lack of the maturity and insight that is required if you are to gain respect as a writer.

You beg your “elders” to “hand you a towel.” Alas, experience and insight cannot be handed to the young. It is an individual struggle throughout life. Your elders have earned their knowledge, as you must.

You cry that through “no fault of my own,” you have been unemployed twice in your “professional career,” despite suffering your “share of adversity.” Tell me, how are individual “shares” of adversity apportioned? Many of our uneducated, poor, and homeless have worked just as hard as you have, with meager reward. You are not proud of the courageous Occupiers who stood against the greed and dishonesty of financial systems and large corporations that have undermined social and economic equality?

Your generation is more diverse than you may be aware. In fact, within a few decades the white majority of this country will have expired. America is quickly becoming a nation of ethnic minorities. Your world consists of vastly more than just Republicans, Democrats, Christians, and atheists. Look and learn about your fellow Americans: Independent, Green Party, Libertarian, Communist political parties, and religions including Islam, Buddhism, Taoism, Judaism, Hinduism, Unitarian, Native American, Humanism, agnosticism.

As you say, you have a lot to learn. Dwelling on criticisms received years ago, and begging to be handed what only your own curiosity and interest can provide is a lazy path to follow. Grow beyond the easy answers that satisfy a superficial mind.

JUDY STABLER

Placerville

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  • cookie65November 05, 2012 - 4:10 am

    Every generation has been criticized by its predecessors. Usually for good reason. I have never in my lifetime endured the trials and hardships my grandparents endured. They were right in trying to toughen me up. The problem in this country is all the people who want to ride down the hill in the wagon our grandparents pushed up the hill. My parents and grandparents gave me perspective that todays society of everyone gets a trophy doesn't offer. I have tried to pass some of that on to my kids by teaching them that they are not entitled to what other people earn. Now I have productive, responsible, taxpaying, accountable for their own choices adult kids.

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  • Ken SteersNovember 05, 2012 - 6:06 pm

    I have never felt a since of awe or dissatisfaction for generations before or after mine. My adult children have all excelled passed most my my greatest milestones when I was their age. Being around our children in our community either via coaching or working with them, I am confident that we will be leaving this world in good hands.

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