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It’s a terrible thing when older people attempt to categorize younger people. We’re all individuals, with our own talents, desires, hopes and dreams.

Tens of thousands of millennials have stood on the front lines in Afghanistan and Iraq in defense of our nation. These young men and women were not forced into military service. They joined of their own free will, knowing that they would likely be put in harm’s way. They were ready to sacrifice their lives –– the most selfless act of all.

As an editor at a paper that hires many 20-somethings, and as a Hofstra professor, I interact with millennials nearly every day. The overwhelming majority are industrious and kind.

So, to our graduates, I say this: Stay true to thine own selves, to paraphrase Shakespeare, and let the bluster about your generation blow in one ear and out the other. Work hard and have fun. Before you know it, you’ll take over the world.

According to Time, Generation X spans 1961 to 1980. It includes, I am proud to say, President Obama, who was born on Aug. 4, 1961.

Scott Brinton is senior editor of the Bellmore and Merrick Heralds and an adjunct professor at the Hofstra University Graduate Journalism Program. Comments? SBrinton@liherald.com or (516) 569-4000 ext. 203. Brinton’s profile and posts can be found at facebook.com/scottabrinton.


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Actually Barack Obama has never held a real job in his life. His wife Michelle was the big shot as she was head of Legal Dept for a large hospital.

Part of problem is even poor people are far richer and have it easier than somewhat well off people of days gone by.

My "rich uncle" back in the 1960s had a cheesy split in the burbs, mowed his own lawn and had a 19 inch color TV with a whopping few channels and in the window airconditioner and he drove a 1969 Chevy Impala and his wife a 1967 Dodge.

Rest of us folk had a few kids, lived in apartments with no AC in Queens or Bronx etc, had one black and white tv with rabbit ears and no car.

Today my "rich" uncle would be laughed at. Kids dont know how to jump a car, change a tire, do minor home repairs, properly interact with adults, even know how to answer a phone and go to car washed, have their nails done, maids, lawnservice etc. And this is blue collar kids. New cars leased and Disney vacations. Even "jobs" they have are cushy.

I had a series of jobs in college, janitor, house painter, drove a bull dozer and worse one disposing hazmat stuff by redbagging them. Tons of dead cancer ridden cats, rats, rabbits, mice etc. Demeaning, hard dangerous jobs that made me appreciate school.

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