Morals never go out of style

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To the Editor:

I am raising three kids on this beautiful Island. My sons are 14 and 5, and my daughter is 13.

I have been doing a lot of thinking lately about my childhood, and while I know every generation changes, I believe basic values and morals should never go out out of style. I kind of feel that our teenagers are self-absorbed, and have no idea how some families and children live, some who live without some basic needs. They don’t have empathy and compassion for other kids, and they do not appreciate what they have: a bed, a roof over their head, shoes on their feet, food in their bellies.

Things like cell phones and video machines and cars are privileges, not rights. I have been doing some thinking, and I would love to get a group of teenagers and travel to a soup kitchen or shelter with them. Let them help serve food, interact with others less fortunate. I really think they would have a newfound respect for what they do have. If anyone is interested, contact me at Erica.ponte@icloud.com.

Erica Ponte

Oak Bluffs