On Feb. 17, my husband sent the following letter to President Barack Obama:
"I would like to offer my solutions to reduce the violence in our schools by students. I believe all of our teenagers should be made aware of the consequences of their actions. Therefore, it should be mandatory that all teenage students see a documentary showing the life of an individual serving a life sentence, in a typical jail harboring hardened criminals, after being apprehended for murdering anyone. It should emphasize a typical day, size of the cell, amount of time in and out of the cell, type of food, etc. Additionally, it should also be pointed out that the alternative is death, which is final and would eliminate forever their family, friends, video games, dating, sports, marriage, children and all of the activities our youth hold so dearly.
"Your comments, please."
He finally received a boiler-plate letter dated May 23, five paragraphs long, boasting that after five difficult years, what a great job they were doing. Not one word referred to my husband's solution to reduce violence in schools. I realize that they receive thousands of letters, but they should have someone intelligent enough to discern one topic from another and have the intelligence to respond without using a typical "how great we're doing" form letter. Where are the billions being used to employ competent people?