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April 25, 2014
  • At a time when the still sluggish economy has sent a flood of jobless young adults back home, older people are quietly moving in with their parents at twice the rate of their younger counterparts. Above, Debbie and Ron Rohr at the Salinas home of Debbie's mother, where they have lived with their twin teenage sons since October.
At a time when the still sluggish economy has sent a flood of jobless young… (David Butow, For The Times )

Re “A midlife moving crisis,” April 20

Why focus on such a worst-case scenario in this story? Perhaps there is more to the family dynamic than we are told, but if it is as the article states, I am appalled at how this elderly mother is treating her daughter and her family in this time of need.

I am sure there are thousands of such cases of midlife people moving in with their parents in which it is working out well and to the benefit of all.

In most countries, this is the norm. Generations often benefit by living together and helping each other out.

Lea Osborne

Woodland Hills


Instead of returning to her mother's home in Salinas, there is still time for Debbie Rohr to grab her mother and her family and move to another state, one where politicians understand what it takes to help businesses create well-paying jobs instead of raising taxes to cover their own incompetence and doing whatever is necessary to stay in office by pandering to selfish special-interest groups.

David Newfield

Burbank

Kudos to Walter Hamilton for reminding us that we live in a period of economic inequality in which millions of Americans are still suffering through the Great Recession that is supposed to be over.

If you combine the plight of the Rohrs with students who also move back in with their parents because they are saddled with college tuition debt, you have a bleak picture of what has gone terribly wrong here.

In contrast, The Times also reported this week that the Koch brothers have added $1.3 billion to their net worth, which now stands at more than $100 billion.

Dennis McIntyre

Rancho Palos Verdes

I am appalled at the lack of compassion by the homeowner in this article.

Her daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren move in with her because of financial difficulties — and she treats them as though they were strangers.

What a shabby way to treat family.

Sandy Harth

Simi Valley

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