Regarding "Hanging on to the '60s" by Beth Ann Krier, March 20: How soon we forget, or choose to ignore. The '60s, was more than "Mr. Ed," the Beatles, lava lamps and love beads. It was also a time when millions of Americans took to the streets in protest of serious issues from civil rights to Vietnam.
For many it was a great time to be alive. The revolt in the streets was a chance for people to replace materialism with idealism. I know this is what moved me. I felt great pride and exhilaration in taking part in marches and demonstrations demanding an end to poverty and racism at home and an end to the senseless killing abroad. Students, blacks, Chicanos, women and countless others put their bodies on the line for their beliefs. Many were killed, injured and jailed. Like me, they were sure that the cause of peace and social justice was worth the fight.
We didn't take these things lightly. They were not passing fads. And as history has shown, we were right. America today is a better place because of the sacrifices people were willing to make, and the struggles they weren't afraid to undertake.