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A recent study by The Opportunity Nation coalition claims that 15 percent of Americans from 16-24 years old are not in school or working. Concluding that the rest of the young adults are up to no good or floundering.

Rob Denson, president of Des Moines Area Community College in Iowa said, “If they're not in school or at work, they're not usually doing something positive.”

Commentary on the study fails to account for young adults who choose other options, such as military service or volunteer opportunities, like AmeriCorps, the Peace Corps or faith-based volunteer groups.

Before we assume what the rest of our young people are doing, perhaps we better look at all our 16-24 year-old-citizens – and acknowledge their choices beyond the “either work or school” viewpoint.

(S-R archive photo:U.S. Army Medal of Honor)

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Writer Catherine Johnston of Olympia, Wash., addresses issues facing aging baby boomers and seniors as well as issues of serious illness, death and dying, grief and loss.

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