Editor:

NFL players kneeling to protesting police brutality during the playing of the national anthem need to recognize the deeper problem of racial inequality instead. Racial inequality is still rampant in this country and that is what they should be protesting. There are numerous minority ghettos scattered throughout the United States where the people live in abject poverty with little or no hope of ever getting out. Most of us cannot imagine the despair that they must feel. Many of these minorities live in subsidized or government-furnished apartments know as “projects” where crime is rampant and job opportunities that pay a living wage are non-existent. Poverty brings crime and crime brings law enforcement. Is the answer more gun control, more police to patrol these areas or more welfare? Minorities are still being discriminated against when it comes to hiring, so as a start, what this county needs to do is bring back the hundreds of thousands of manufacturing jobs that have moved overseas and relocate them into or near these areas so that these minorities can have job opportunities that pay a living wage and that do not require a college degree or a degree from a trade school. It would be ideal to have far more living wage jobs available than there are people available to fill them and then race wouldn’t be the factor it is now. If this weren’t true, there would be no need for affirmative action programs or minority hiring quotas which help a few minorities but also creates animosity among others who believe that the person was hired only because they were a minority and were not the best qualified person for the job. If you end unemployment in these ghettos, you will see crime disappear. Without any economic opportunity, the people that live in these ghettos, and elsewhere, will continue to be a drain on our resources instead of being a responsible citizen who is making there own way through life and paying their share to support our country.

TERRY REHAK, Worland

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