Martin Luther King would lament lack of poverty progress, former U.N. ambassador says

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  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    Jan. 16, 2011 1:26 p.m.

    I actually attended the speech by Mr. Young. This article, like any article, only captures some of its complete context.

    Young talked about how his wife got a master's degree for $32 or when his first child cost just $32. He referred to the excessive inflation in education and health care over the years which is crippling many Americans. Many college graduates come out with hundreds of thousands of dollars of education debt, or health issues bankrupt families. I agree with him that things need to change.

    I was glad that he sees how I see things with racial issues. I think we would both agree that racism isn't over but we have came along ways and people are much better at rising up to King's dream of judging people "by the content of the character rather than the color of their skin."

    His comments about the gold standard were interesting as were some criticism of Obama's economic team, In regards to going off the gold standard, he simply said there wasn't as much thought into the decision as there should have been as Watergate broke out and too much attention went there..

  • Hellooo Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 16, 2011 12:24 p.m.

    Finding work as a veteran after World War II was no picnic for the returing veterans. In fact here in Utah, the Right to Work Act was past in some measure to help with the problem of Vets not being able to get work in the Union controlled system they were returning to as people with no seniority. .

  • Laura Ann Layton, UT
    Jan. 16, 2011 10:00 a.m.

    Although I agree with many things Ambassador Andrew Young says, I do not agree with the poverty problem. Many young people are not willing to use the resources that are out there to help them get a good education. I went to a school in a lower income area, yet I managed to attend college and get a good job. My teaches were not always the best, but because I tried I learned a lot on my own. Many of my teaches gave me extra work and challenged me because of my desire to learn. I was the first in my family to obtain a college degree. Race is no excuse. If you want to do something in this country, you usually can if you are healthy and willing to work for it. No Nanny State for me.