The commentary by Jenny J. Cantor ("Children Have Overblown View of What Was Accomplished in the '60s," April 20) presented a very negative and defeatist view of the accomplishments of the 1960s.
The view of what was accomplished on the '60s is not overblown. In the '60s we changed the world. The fact that it did not stay changed does not prove that we accomplished nothing, but rather that the job is not finished--perhaps never can be finished--and that there is much for the youth of today to do.
We were young in the '60s and idealistic. We volunteered for VISTA, the domestic version of the Peace Corps, tutoring black children in the rural South. Others, braver, worked on voter registration and open confrontation of segregation. Blacks and other minorities do not yet share equally in the largess of the American Dream, but we're a whole lot better off now than we were in 1960.
We helped found the Environmental Action Network, which pursued such mundane matters as the recycling of paper and aluminum cans. We've made great strides on environmental issues in 20 years. DDT is no longer used, allowing pelicans to again breed in Southern California. Serious efforts are under way with toxic waste disposal.