R. Michael Hoy, Naples
Not their fault
It is not the fault of our young people! Let us be clear. We are in a deep recession! The pundits and politicians are maintaining the rhetoric that "we must avoid falling back into a recession." This line of defense belies the fact of what is occurring on the streets! Facts and figures are useful, but they are manipulated, in many cases by our officials to defend their positions. At this point we must question their assertions and rely more upon our personal observations. Highlighting a few "facts" is in order.
1. The unemployment rate (actually quite understated) has not decreased in any meaningful manner for many months. The fact is that it is rising.
2. Our lack of confidence in the economy is quite evident and statistics reflect this negativity. Our disdain for our leaders and their ineptness is obvious.
3. Greatly increasing numbers of people standing on the corners with signs advertising or looking for work a la the Great Depression. This is quite telling. The accumulated signals are quite adequate for us to rightfully assume that we are in a deep recession.
4. Thousands of graduates both from high school and college are unemployed with no end in sight and worse, no future.
This generation of young people has lost confidence in "the system" and we have lost the use of their productivity and enthusiasm. It is our leader's daunting responsibility to convince us that the nation is not in peril. What a waste of our most precious asset. It is not the fault of our young people.