LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
METROLINK CAN BE IMPROVED
"Oh, you took the ghetto snake." That was what one of my friends was told by a St. Louis suburban resident when she said she rode the MetroLink. This is a typical, racist, biased way of seeing this local public transit system.
MetroLink is not perfect. There is crime on the line, though not as much as people think. Much of the problem is people acting inappropriately, sort of "hooliganism," which is not criminal, but makes riders nervous. There are certainly ways to solve this problem.
There is a generally negative attitude toward public transit in this country. There is prejudice by mainly white (usually suburban) residents. They think it is beneath their "dignity" to take the bus or light rail. Their attitude is that only poor, mainly black people, take public transit.
People in Asia and Europe have no such hang-ups. Public transit and rail passenger systems are efficient and well-maintained. I have ridden these systems in Europe and was well satisfied.
The haughty, condescending attitude here is not only wrong-headed, but unsound. The "love affair" with cars is environmentally unsafe due to the pollution caused. It is dangerous, inefficient and time wasting due to accidents and congestion.
MetroLink needs improvement. This can happen with commonsense planning. I'm an old white guy who has ridden it and was well satisfied. Americans should accept public transit as necessary and practical. Calling MetroLink the "ghetto snake" is ignorant, racist, even unforgivable. – Larry L. Brown, Glen
PREPARE THE CHILD FOR THE PATH
A recent St. Louis National Public Radio program showcased a group of church mothers who descend once a month on a nearby college campus to offer students shouts of encouragement, high-fives and hugs. They try to soothe away the ill-effects of microaggressions; brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative slights or insults. This also drives the perceived need for safe spaces, trigger warnings and the like.
One need only harken back to their college experience to appreciate how much the collegiate world has changed.
In the book “The Coddling of the American Mind,” the authors and contributors offer insight into this phenomenon and its causes.
These iGen (short for Internet generation) students of today, born in/after 1995, arrive on campus ill-prepared for the rigors of college life. They suffer from far higher rates of anxiety, depression and suicide than the millennials before them. They grow up more slowly, with lives orchestrated by paranoid and/or helicopter parents and absent opportunities for outdoor free play. Successful test taking and resume building are their focus of primary and secondary schools. The negative attributes of the rapid growth of social media, smartphones and other electronic devices take their toll.
Universities are not causing this national mental health crisis but responding to it. Parents, teachers, and administrators need to heed the Native American proverb, "Prepare the child for the path, not the path for the child."
– Bill Malec, O'Fallon
This is sort of a replay to Joe McDonnell and others that didn't get my remarks regarding Notre Dame versus Harvard. There is no official comparison, but I think Notre Dame is head and shoulders above Harvard.
My comment about "after you die" and stupidity which eluded him as well, is proven by his comments. It means that the stupid don’t realize what is happening to them either.
And, although Jack Schrand's insights are not mine necessarily, I would say that without a course in the Constitution, it should be apparent to everyone that there is a huge difference between freedom of religion and freedom from religion. We don't have to believe in any God. It’s just another choice. Try to keep up.
– Joseph Reichert, Belleville