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To the Editor:

I remember being in grade school and living with the threat of nuclear annihilation. I remember the fear and the sense that no one, not my parents and not my government, could protect me. Even if "our side" stood down in the race for nuclear superiority, no one could do anything about the USSR.

Today, our children live with the same kind of knowledge. It's on a smaller scale, to be sure, but the armed shooter drills that have become common practice in today's schools and the endless horror show of school shootings drum the threat to their existence into them on a regular, if not daily, basis.

But today, we're the adults. Or we're supposed to be. And there's no outsider, no "evil empire" threatening our schools, just a series of homegrown shooters with access to AR-15s and high capacity magazines. I wonder how today's students will remember us and our failure to protect them.

Ann Wheeler

Carbondale

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