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America better than ever

I must respectfully disagree with Robert Shinkoskey's pessimistic letter about "America in decline" (Readers' Forum, Aug. 18). I would like to ask, when was our great country better than in the modern day?

Was it before the railroad was invented and you could drive horses down through the mud?

Was our country better off with slavery?

Were citizens better served when they could work in sweatshops without receiving decent wages?

Was equality exercised when women couldn't vote and races were segregated?

Was life better without electricity, plumbing, the computer, telephone, food regulations, modern medicine, the 40-hour work week, equality and the automobile?

The generations Robert mentioned should be commended, not condemned. They have been responsible for some of the greatest advancements this world has ever seen. Times are difficult and we still have many problems to solve, but we have more opportunity, better education and a much higher quality of life than those of 50, 100 or 200 years ago.

Dane Henderson