To the editors:

Having just read the August 14 “Letters” column I have made some interesting comparisons.

Being a 21-year-old college student I have to admit that your generation did make some major breakthroughs with civil rights. But national and state lawmakers want to tell us what rock groups are “good” to listen to, scientists have discovered a hole in our universe, and Americans are being sent to protect a country that might not want nor deserve that protection. You may have changed the world, but you have done a lousy job of keeping the status quo. Yes there are people out there who still care but they are either misinterpreted (Bruce Springsteen) or ignored. But even you yourselves are split on the events of the sixties and seventies. Either you call it cliche to disassociate yourselves with that time period or you hold it in almost biblical reverence (“Our generation is the phoenix”). But no matter which interpretation you hold you definitely feel that you know better now.

Or should I say that you know best now. All of the negative responses either claim that the article is poorly written or the author has the temperament of a child. It must be easier for you to dismiss her rather than face reality. You suggest that we should come up with something “new.” But if we did something “new” it would probably replace something “old.” This puts us in a tricky position because you want us to change the world but leave you alone. After all, you think, we’ve already discovered how life should be lived, you should go ahead and build on our example. But if we are expected to pay for your national debt and your Social Security benefits then you had better let us make our own mistakes, tell you how to do something, and learn to laugh at yourself.

Vito Vittore