You can’t apply middle class values to troubled youth

April 14, 2010

The editorial "Invisible lives" (April 11) makes me think the editor placed his/her middle class values on these young adults.

The young adults caught up in the Lamont Davis trial have chosen a different path. They live in the "now." They are having babies at a young age, enjoying the joys of parenthood, maybe the high of drugs and alcohol. They have decided not to have an education, find a job, commute, try to please a boss for 40-plus years, pay a mortgage for 30 years, save for retirement. Simply stated, they live a different life that does not have middle class values. They come from a different culture with different values that the middle class doesn't understand.

Mark McCauley, Abingdon

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