Is it time to ask more questions, or demand answers? I am a private citizen who never held public office. I am a person among many wanting to know how this U.S.A. went so wrong that cities such as Detroit could have reached an anti-climax as being one of the top populated, wealthy desirable cities in our country, to become a city that has shrunk in population to way less than 100,000 persons living there.
Just look at our neighboring cities such as Youngstown, Warren, Cleveland and more that are a skeleton of themselves. No one really desires to populate these towns.
Once we had high standing schools in the public systems. Now the private schools are where the affluent send their students and these students accomplish so much more than so many of the public school students do.
Do not get me wrong; there are still many students from Youngstown East, Warren Harding and Niles McKinley that go on to bigger and better things. Then so many of these students refuse to raise their families up in these same cities. Why?
Now I wonder, and want to have our city, county and state fathers answer the questions. Will they and still follow the PC guidelines? PC meaning "politically correct." This is a phrase I abhor. But, like many people, I do tend to overlook some things in order to save myself from being crucified, as so many of our politicians do. And don't tell me they don't.
With all that was done for and by so many in this country, white, black and otherwise, why does racism still exist? Why is there still flight from the cities such as Detroit, Cleveland, Youngstown, Warren and, to some extent, Niles? Why have we lost our top standings as we once had?
These cities were once all-American cities. Can the unemployment in and around us be the blame? Why are we suffering from such a rate of no jobs? Is all of the foreign competition the only reason?
Back so many years ago in my day, we had families that were families. We had parents that were parents. We had punishment that was punishment, both in the schools and then at home. Does any of this still exist?
Back in my day we had so many of our students attaining stature both following through with a higher education and without. Can this still be said today?
I am too old now to offer much advice any longer. But maybe my generation, "The quiet generation," has much to feel responsible for this, but I wonder?
Where are the answers? Why have we allowed this to happen to everyone, especially the baby boom generation? They will still be answering the questions long after I am gone. Will the PC in our country prohibit the real answers? Or is this generation the blame?
I don't know, but I ask, will it and is it?
Patrick M. Liste