Facing the realities of life

To the Editor:

I too, like Leonard Quart, have "lost my capacity to tilt at windmills" ("Bernie back in the day, but Hillary today," May 27). He makes such a valid point that Bernie Sanders would have been a welcome candidate back in the 1960s.

We were all so idealistic then. We sang of "Revolution" with The Beatles and screamed "We Won't Get Fooled Again" with The Who.

I happened to be in New York when Bernie held a rally in Washington Square, a place that resonated with me because so many fanciful, well-intentioned gatherings took place there.

We thought we could change the world with Peace and Love. No wonder many young people idealize Bernie with his talk of free college and freedom from shackles of government.

They too will have to grow up as we did and face the realities of life. They call Hillary Clinton the "establishment" but sorry kids, that's the only way to get things done. We are the "establishment," like it or not.

Keep your dreams, but work with us to slowly and sensibly to change the world.

Susan Zuckerman, Pittsfield