As a father of two daughters in their 20s, I know in my heart that Catherine Rampell was dead on target [“What causes the failure to launch,” op-ed, Sept. 16]. As a retired university faculty member, I also know the solution and that The Post will not like it.
The traditional route to upward mobility always has been higher education. Today’s problem is that the United States no longer provides a quality education at any level and has come to substitute credentialing for education. American credentialing also has created a gender gap wherein well-
credentialed women are finding it harder to find a “marriageable” man. The boy/man crisis in education is real and must be corrected. More to the heart of the problem, women only rarely look for a spouse in the unemployment line.
Gordon E. Finley, Miami
Millennials are not the only ones abandoning the “ownership society.” After two divorces, I was reduced to owning very little in the way of material possessions, and I have never been happier. I rearranged my priorities and found I could survive without a car or television.
I am within walking distance of three Metro stations, a mall, grocery and department stores. My “home” is a shared single-family dwelling on a cul-de-sac in a lovely neighborhood where I know most of the residents because I walk every day. My rent is substantially less than a mortgage and yet I still enjoy the benefits of a home.
The monthly costs for automobile ownership can be staggering. Add to that monthly mortgage, utilities, cable and household upkeep, and an automobile becomes nothing more than a gilded cage whose sole purpose is to transport you to and from a job that pays barely enough to cover your expenses. It’s like you are in a very comfortable work-release program. So the question becomes who owns whom.
I am not a millennial. I’ll be 68 on my next birthday.
Chester Eiland, Falls Church