IN part I agree with the comments printed in The Press regarding the lack of opportunity for youngsters by Robert Greaves (Letters, March 16) and Tim Murgatroyd (The Press, March 8).

However, I suspect both gentlemen are of my generation when most people left education at 15 and you soon developed a work ethic that stood you in good stead for the rest of your working life.

Now, with education extended to a minimum 18 years, young people learn how to spend money and use credit cards before they learn how to earn it - the bank of mum and dad.

Students in their social lives behave more childishly than the children they hope to teach.

As soon as I was old enough, I started a paper round and opened a Post Office saving account.

I delivered meat on Saturdays (as a butcher’s boy) and later went to work in my uncle’s greengrocers, saving all the time.

I cycled to work, took my own sandwiches, and only had enough money for my paper.

I have what I have because I did without and always paid my way.

By the time they reach 18, some think the world owes them a living and they don’t have any work ethic at all.

D M Deamer, Penleys Grove Street, Monkgate, York