Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
Display:
Some responses to my letter:

Comparisons between the generations

Sir, - Frank Schnittger engages in comparisons between the generations ("Older people have never had it so good", Letters, May 12th).

You could be forgiven for thinking that older people suddenly appeared, were never born, never worked or lived through wars, recessions, pandemics and losses of loved ones and were now taking and enjoying the spoils at the expense of all of society.

We are all cut from the same cloth and it is only time that separates us in our journey. We young and not so young can complement each other's strengths and weaknesses. Embracing this will bring happiness and fulfilment to all. Older people's most cherished gift is the legacy of family of all ages. - Yours, etc,

AIDAN RODDY,

Cabinteely,

Dublin 18.

Sir, - Frank Schnittger omitted a new element in older people's lives, which is the increasing importance of "The Bank of Mom and Pop". While many adult children are reluctant to draw down from this bank, the fact that they are aware that they can do so goes a long way to ease the stress of modern living - and most older folks who can afford to do so are happy to oblige if the need arises. - Yours, etc,

ANTHONY O'LEARY,



Index of Frank's Diaries
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed May 12th, 2021 at 11:16:32 PM EST
I would appear to have touched a nerve!

The whole point of my letter is that while we are all cut from the same cloth, there is more than time which separates us on our journey. Comparative wealth, employment conditions, opportunities at a younger age, the availability of public and affordable housing and the opportunity to be a full time parent have all changed to the detriment of the younger generation. The need to rely on the "Bank of Mom and Pop" merely reinforces my point.

I'm not saying that older people didn't have their own challenges on their journey through life; merely that the nature of those challenges has changed for the younger generation today. If we could provide affordable public housing for those who needed it back in the 1950',s how come we can't do so now when our economy is over 100 times bigger now as measured by GDP/Capita

Index of Frank's Diaries

by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed May 12th, 2021 at 11:50:09 PM EST
[ Parent ]
A Chara,- I am indebted to your correspondent Aidan Roddy (Letters, 13th. May) for reminding me that we are all cut from the same cloth.

However, the whole point of my letter was that there is more than time which separates us on our journey. Comparative wealth, employment security, opportunities at a younger age, the availability of public and affordable housing and the opportunity to be a full time parent have all changed to the detriment of the younger generation.

I'm not saying that older people didn't have their own challenges on their journey through life; merely that the nature of those challenges has changed for the younger generation of today. If we could provide affordable public housing for those who needed it back in the 1950's, how come we can't do so now when our economy is over 100 times bigger as measured by GDP/Capita than it was then?

It is a matter of priorities, and we have chosen, via our political system, to make life very difficult indeed for our younger generation. Forcing them to remain living at home or relying on the bank of Mom and Dad (Anthony O'Leary, Letters, 13th. May) until well into their thirties merely infantilises them and does us no credit.


Index of Frank's Diaries

by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu May 13th, 2021 at 12:32:04 AM EST
[ Parent ]

Display:

Occasional Series