I just read “Going nowhere” (article, Nov. 2), about the dismal job prospects in Detroit.

I sympathize with the young people mentioned in the article, but whatever happened to personal responsibility?

The 20-year-old LeRoy Taylor dropped out of high school at 16 due to “lack of wanting to go to school” and 19-year-old Tina Evans has a 4-month-old child. Is having a child at 19 with no job prospects a good choice?

There are times I don’t want to go to work, but I realize it takes commitment, fortitude and hard work to succeed in life. The old cliches “You reap what you sow” and “No pain no gain” come to mind.

Call me old school, but whatever happened to taking personal responsibility for your actions? I’m sure there are volunteer opportunities, General Education Development classes or, if all else fails, go to the library and read a self-help book.

Our country was built on, and became the greatest on Earth from, hard work, determination and effort. I shudder to think where we will be if this sense of entitlement continues.

Maj. Greg ErtelArifjan, Kuwait

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