Street Q&A: What is the most pressing problem facing our country?
Valerie E. Young
"Right now, the issue of Social Security has polarized our country. The politicians are frightening the people, and the solution I see calls for a “town meeting” where a frank, and open discussion would present all the facts to the people."
"The elderly have the highest population of depression, and now, these people are living longer –but, there are no funds to take care of them. I do believe there are available resources out there, but the elderly are not the targeted demographics to receive the benefits."
"The direction of the Country is all wrong. For instance, U.S. soldiers are spread all over the world, and they’re out there for a long time. Where it used to be one deployment, now, there’s talk of multiple-deployments, keeping the soldiers away from their families and loved ones even longer. The president should be focusing his energies on the poor and those who are at risk of losing their Social Security benefits."
Valerie E. Young
East St. Louis
"The president…get rid of him! He’s got our soldiers fighting for no reason. We’re in everyone’s business but our own."
"Affirmative Action is a problem. It’s not fair that someone who is qualified...and the under-qualified gets the job. I believe adjustments should be made verses taking it away completely."
"With the issue of Affirmative Action-–I’d like to get a job based on my qualifications, not sex or race. On the other hand, to eliminate the need for the program, maybe a skills test or internship to prove the more qualified candidate."
"The prison systems are full of black men. It is unfortunate that more black men are incarcerated than go to college."