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Letter: Times have changed, and not for the better

Times have changed, and not for the better

There are those of us out there who are old enough to remember the “pre” cellphone years. We remember coming home from school, eating dinner with our parents and then running outside to jump rope with our best friend. I remember neighbors sitting on porches shouting “hello” to each other from across the street. Everyone knew each other’s names.

I can’t believe some of the things I see now. There are people who don’t even look up from their cellphones to acknowledge another person, let alone their own children! I only know a few neighbors’ names on my street who have been here as long as I have. Many of them only come outside if something happens on the street. People are shouting at each other because they don’t agree with their political views or whatever. We have bigger problems in the world than hearing about “Russian” interference with the 2016 election. I knew who I wanted for president. The Russians didn’t influence me one way or another.

We have a huge opioid crisis in this country. We have angry young people killing other young people. Sometimes it’s overwhelming to me. Some people say we need gun control. What is gun control? What if that young man in Parkland, Fla., didn’t have a gun and came in with a bomb?

We need to take a hard look at ourselves and see what’s going on. People constantly get behind the wheel of cars texting or talking on their phones. No regard for anyone but themselves. Those of us who didn’t grow up with a cellphone or being on social media survived. However, I guess the “good old days” are really gone!

Karen Gall

Cheektowaga

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