On the Ball
In response to Max Ufberg’s feature story on the 87ers, the 76ers’ brand-new Delaware farm team:
Sound’s a lot like the Scranton Miners we had growing up. I’m reminded of the times my dad took me there and we were proud because my father actually was a miner—one of the last in Lackawanna County. NBA games are so expensive, this seems like a good alternative.
In response to PW’s excerpt of the new photo book One Drop, which explores how a wide range of different skin tones affects Americans’ personal identities:
I think [this is] a great article [and] we need to expand this dialogue and continue it. It amazes me that many people, black and white, think that a black person who speaks English correctly is being a “phony.” It says to me that too many people have accepted an easy stereotype for their identity instead of looking deep within to truly know who they are. Mannerisms and affectations are no indication of character or spirit, the more everyone, black, white, Hispanic, Asian, Indian, etc. talks about it, the clearer and deeper everyone’s understanding of true identity will be.
Great article. I really like the stories of the African demographics and their personal experiences. I think being African encompasses many feelings and experiences that cannot be standardized by society, our biggest struggle of acceptance.
SNAP Out Of It
In response to Josh Kruger’s column about funding being cut for food assistance programs:
We live in a world where the Dow hits record highs of 16,000, yet it produces no new jobs, and wages are stagnant for decades despite continually increasing worker productivity. And, instead of saying we should lower work hours and raise benefits so all may work and share, we raise work hours and cut benefits. Then these corporations put their workers on food stamps and ask them to work Thanksgiving—and while you’re at it, can you donate food so your co-workers can have a holiday meal?
The fraud rate on welfare programs is two to three percent—much lower than most opponents would think. It’s worth making strides to further reduce that fraud rather than punish the other 97 percent for the sins of others.