Stop waste, put savings into youth
If I were president, I would prod Congress to stop all NASA explorations. We cannot live there, because of the lack of oxygen. Also I would stop all foreign giveaways. Most of it is wasted anyway.
I would take these savings and invest in our youth. Everyone agrees that education is the key to success. I would thus make college the same as high school. If you have the means to send your child to Stanford or Yale, then have at it, but for the vast majority that is not an option.
The land-grant universities, such as Georgia and its satellite colleges and numerous technical schools would be "free" so to speak. All the states have basically the same thing.
Every student would have the option of pursuing their education or going into the military for four years. No exceptions. Some countries already do that. The benefits are many-fold.
It would keep gangs off the streets, with resulting crime. It would present all kids with a chance at the pie. We would have a smarter population and a stronger defense.
Invest in our youth and country. It would be a win-win situation for all.
GEORGE THOMPSON, Blairsville, Ga.
Where is this world headed?
Have we reached the point of no return? The recent Aurora, Colo., movie massacre is among other facts that are facing all 7 billion of us. The world now couldn't be more dangerous. Crime is running rampant, so much so that law enforcement and the FBI can't keep up with it.
If that's not enough, take notice at Syria, North Korea and most of all, Iran with their developing a nuclear bomb. This is just the tip of the iceberg!
The war in Afghanistan continues while there's talk of withdrawing more troops. The question is, will it ever happen? Our brave men and women continue to be severely wounded and killed in a hopeless, never-ending war because as long as there are suicide people willing to blow themselves up, sadly it will never stop.
All of these miseries are going on while the mudslinging continues between two men fighting for the White House. Making promises to the American people that will most likely be impossible to keep.
Maybe it's all about residing at the White House.
RICHARD D. BLOOD, Ringgold, Ga.