This is probably a sore subject for lots of people, but I believe it is factual, or at least it seems like a logical explanation.

Where did the good old days go? When we “Baby Boomers” were growing up in the 1950s and 1960s, our parents, for the most part, set down rules that we just did not even think about challenging.

When we got older, we started our own families and decided that we would be more lenient than our parents. We bent over backwards to ensure that we gave our children anything they felt they needed — regardless of the expense and circumstances we had to deal with. They got to the point that we spoiled them, and it was their expectation that we would sacrifice anything and everything to ensure their lives were not interrupted or inconvenienced.

Fast forward to today. Those children of ours are now our elected representatives, and for the most part they have no problems with us continuing to sacrifice for their well-being. The majority of them have not defended their country. We paid for their education. They are complaining about us getting old and them having to take care of us.

We are not asking that they take care of us, just leave our security net alone. Do not cut Social Security. Do not tax my retirement. Do not cut my medical programs. Do not cut veteran benefits. We paid for these programs. We have and are still taking care of our parents. We don’t expect you to support us, just let us support ourselves.

Oh, by the way, if you ever find time in your busy schedule, bring the grandkids over for a visit; we will pay your travel expense.

We “Baby Boomers” planted the seed in the 1970s and 1980s, and now we are reaping what was sown.

Richard Stagnoli

safety auditor