America today faces a staggering reality: 5.5 million young adults are currently neither in school nor working. This is a gross underutilization of a vast pool of untapped talent and energy, resources that could be used to build communities across the nation and abroad. Service-year programs such as AmeriCorps, the Peace Corps and YouthBuild provide opportunities for Americans to gain workforce skills and provide creative solutions to address many issues that face communities today. As racial, economic, religious and political division is on the rise, this is not a time to cut funding to programs that help to build and strengthen communities. Instead it is time to support those initiatives so that all participants benefit.
The international community must save the Venezuelan people from corrupt Nicolas Maduro’s communist dictatorship. The free world and President Trump must help through sanctions and diplomacy to prevent total economic disaster and the massacre of Venezuelans by Cuban military and Venezuelan security forces.
If all an administration did was regulatory reform, it would positively affect economic growth. Very often it is not just the federal government, but state and local governments, too, that drastically increase the cost of living and lower the quality of life for their residents.
When I checked for the news last night both Fox News and CNN were reporting what they labeled “breaking news.” Fox was reporting on the terrorist bomb attack in Manchester, England. CNN had four commentators discussing another of their stories on President Trump and Russia collusion (“breaking news” for three months now).
Rebecca Hagelin’s “Peace through diversity?” op-ed (Web, May 21) article requires a response. I’m just a visitor here in Maryland and happened to read Ms. Hagelin’s piece. Though not an expert, I had to wonder about the wisdom of her conclusions. She lumps diversity and global warming together as absurd world views that result in “ridiculous and dangerous military strategy.”