To the editors:

In response to “Boomed Out” [July 31]:

“We are the people our parents warned us about.” We cared and worked and struggled for change, and we are very proud of that.

We are the people who went to Canada and Sweden rather than take up arms to kill. We are the “boomers” who paid the price for those actions.

We are also the Vietnam vets, and the victims of Agent Orange. Is there really a rock group by that name? And I thought the name the “Dead Kennedys” was the height of poor taste! We who are the vets have been spat on and ignored, because we were the drug-addicted losers, the dregs of society that no one wanted or cared about.

The difference between the generation that came of age in the 60s and those of the 70s and 80s begins with self. The 60s were self-indulgent, the 70s and 80s selfish. Our attitude was not “I’ve got mine, screw you.”

What did we do that was so wrong? Try to end an immoral war? Try to eradicate racist laws in one part of this country? Try to promote true equality between the sexes? Twenty years ago, women did not get science degrees.

We were jailed in Selma, in Washington, D.C., and in Chicago. We paid the price. Have you paid anything? Or just taken everything? Without us you wouldn’t have had a forum for your opinions. If there hadn’t been a Chicago Seed, there would be no Reader.

Few listen. Fewer understand. Try to understand. Because life has a price, and the Piper is still playing.

Roo Kennedy

Lon Dumser

Carol Lean