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Letter to the Editor: Brooks column ignored economic issues

on May 08, 2014 10:20 AM

David Brooks’ Saturday column “Saving the System” completely ignored the economic issues involved. What was he thinking?

The Gazette’s front page featured an article about IUP students focusing on the realistic problems of poverty, that creeping crud that is weakening our pubic education system and essential government support in many areas.

It has been downhill since the late ’70s for much of our middle class, who never thought it could happen.

On April 30, a very aware retired public school teacher, Josephine Cunningham, wrote a letter headlined “Get involved in decision making.” She touched on many of the same problems we have in Hawaii.

Everyone who can afford it sends their kids to private schools. Barack Obama’s grandparents sent him to one of the top (expensive) schools in the state.

While it is thought-provoking to read about nationwide problems, it can also be overwhelming.

There is one easy-to-read, easy-to-understand book that does an excellent job of informing: “Aftershock: The Next Economy and America’s Future” by economist Robert B. Reich, which is also available as an e-book. It shows the great economic times many of us lived through and gives the “why” of what is happening now.

Equally informing is his recent film, “Inequality for All,” available on Amazon if not in Indiana.

Please view and please read.

It will motivate you to get involved.

Sylvia C. Mitchell


• EDITOR’S NOTE: The writer, branch manager for the Liliha Public Library in Honolulu, is visiting family members in Indiana County.

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