I spent a few days on an educational retreat in Chautauqua, a short drive from Buffalo, N.Y. The theme for the week was crime and punishment.
Retired judges from youth courts presented lectures. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg gave a major address. Crimes committed by gangs fighting for territories and the distribution of drugs are a big problem. Young people have been given stiff sentences for small amounts of drug dealings. We created a new industry and corporate profits by building private jails. Our jail population is double that of Canada and Western Europe.
Would it not be advisable to form a work force or a youth corps that would supply people with income and dignity and build and repair some badly needed infrastructure in our country?
Traveling throughout the country, one can see in our national parks the beautiful work of the Works Progress Administration, created by the Roosevelt administration. In the lodges, the wood furniture and metal chandeliers are lovely examples of skilled work created by those craftsmen.
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It is time our president and politicians considered such a work program to alleviate problems with our young people and high unemployment.