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Reader Letter: So-called Baby Boomers do a lot for society

PUBLISHED: 16:38 23 October 2018 | UPDATED: 16:41 23 October 2018

Baby boomers are the demographic that were born in the years starting from the early- to mid-1940s and ending anywhere from 1960 to 1964. Photo:Getty Images/iStockphoto

Baby boomers are the demographic that were born in the years starting from the early- to mid-1940s and ending anywhere from 1960 to 1964. Photo:Getty Images/iStockphoto

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Reading Rachel Moore’s latest tirade (October 18) and then looking at the title of her piece, “Talking Sense”, has left me scratching my head.

Pleading guilty to being born in 1949 and therefore an apparent Baby Boomer, I struggle to recognise amongst my own contemporaries the strange behaviour described by Ms Moore.

Instead, I see people in their retirement who drive the hospital car services, sit on parish councils, maintain village halls, look after small children, nurse even more aged relatives and generally fill in the gaps left empty by the rest of society.

I agree that we were fortunate to benefit from a more generous education and possibly get on the housing ladder at an earlier age, but I also remember life in post war Britain when towns and cities had to be rebuilt, food rationing eventually came to an end and a mobile phone was something beyond anyone’s wildest thought.

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It is my personal decision not to apply for a free bus pass, I do not feel the need to jump on an aircraft and cause unnecessary additional pollution and I do my best to be as good a citizen as I can, giving much thought as to how my own actions impinge on the lives of others.

I don’t think I am alone in my relatively modest way of retirement life.

I do think that Ms Moore’s article is a cheap and shallow potshot at a generation who will have grown up with a social conscience as part of their DNA.

Do you agree with our reader? Let us know in the comments below or write to us at edpletters@archant.co.uk

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