I often talk about the wonderful young people attending our school and how fortunate I am to be a friend/mentor to a number of high school and college age young men.

Sadly, I often apologize to these young men for the current state our country finds itself in. I don't think there is any doubt the last presidential election left the country more polarized than ever before, as there is seemingly an unbridgeable divide between right and left and red states and blue states.

It would seem there has also been a parallel rise in income inequality as the "real income" of the middle class has risen very little in the last 30 years.

I have often said our most valuable asset is our young people as they truly are our future. You would think that it would almost be a "no-brainer" the education of these young people should be our top priority.

But it is not and our young people are being short changed as our schools are expected to do more and more with less and less. We are told we can't afford to properly fund education but I am telling you, we can't afford not to.

My friends, as a society, we can and must do better. Support our youth by a kind comment, a pat on the back or better yet, a contribution to the Forest City Education Foundation to help them attain an ever more expensive college education.