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Tag: Job Corps


POVERTY: Another war not worth fighting

On Monday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said that “widespread incarceration at the federal, state and local levels is both ineffective and unsustainable.” For this reason he has decided to surrender our nation’s 40-year “War on Drugs.”

Holder may be right. This war hasn’t worked. It hasn’t decreased drug use. It has simply filled up prisons and cost our nation money.

However, while he and the Democratic Party or at it, perhaps they should also surrender another failing, decades-long war: the “War on Poverty.”

The war was conceived by President Lyndon Johnson in 1964 with the goal of ending poverty

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CRIME: Teen’s murder imparts two-part lesson

Re: “Killer’s confession caps 20 years of lies” (TNT, 7-4).

Bravo for the report of Walter Thomas Ackerman Jr.’s real story. The story of the Job Corps kid who just evaporates from custody without serious investigation is more than just heart-rending and disgusting.

The real message is on two sides of the coin. First: Everyone serving in any capacity in an entity having custody of other persons (from the top to the very lowest instructor, enforcer or custodian) MUST be competent and on top of the game, no excuses.

That mandates expense and resources, and leads to the

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