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Criticism of teens was off the mark

Criticism of teens was off the mark

Elizabeth Lerner, Richmondville


Mr. Barry Groat’s April 5 letter labeled Americas teens as inexperienced or uneducated because of their ages. He also claims they are pawns of the “terrible liberals,” exploited by dictators in government.

I didn’t note any references as to his level of education or degrees in psychology. Or even if he has kids of his own. Throwing around words of “lunacy” and “riots” for an actual show of solidarity and legal marches is a display of ignorance on his part and indifference to others’ suffering. Not one word in his opinionated, ridiculous claims is there any sympathy for the increasing occurrences of mass killings by white, male terrorists.  

Education and exposure to information has come a long way in these last decades. Lumping all teens together as naive and inexperienced is stereotyping. Your claim that they “don’t get this” is totally off mark. New York state has had many teens awarded for work and discoveries in health and science, to name one example. They’ve attained levels of knowledge far beyond my capacity.

You know what the teens do get — a world that’s in chaos; a country more influenced by money than concerned with the welfare of its citizens; and a current government so dysfunctional it rivals the worst unscripted reality show in history.

To you, Mr. Groat, I say take a cue from Americas children and grow up.

Elizabeth Lerner


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