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from a 9th grader | 34
For the past three years, I’ve been watching and reading the news everyday. America is getting worse and worse as I come closer to college and adulthood, even though no one in power seems to care. I have to read about how college doesn’t really help people get jobs later on in life and how millions of students are in debt from loans for college. What hope do I have for my future then? Unless I go to an excellent university or have a huge stroke of luck, it looks like me and the rest of my generation are doomed to a life of poverty and sorrow. Americans are struggling to get by and what do you do- you start charging people $5 a month to use their own money. Where is the fairness in this? How could a bank as huge as yours ever need more money? People are suffering and you and the rest of the 1% aren’t helping matters. My sister is in college and she has been using a Bank of America debit card for years to make her life easier. Now my family has one more charge to pay each month and though $5 might not seem like much to you, it is. My father uses your card too and my twin brother and I will do the same when we go to college. That’s $20 a month: $240 a year extra because you had “the right to charge more” or whatever it is your company has claimed. Then there’s my uncle, the smartest person I know. He graduated from Brown University with a major in engineering and now he’s barely getting by with a very unstable job. What is the fairness in that? My old babysitter, a soccer star who graduated from Rutgers with a major in journalism five years ago, has only just gotten a low-paying job and has been forced to live with her micro-managing parents. What is the fairness in that? I know no one is completely evil, so no one would intentionally hurt a country just to hurt a country. So don’t you and your company have it your hearts to help America, the country that gave you all the money and power you now enjoy? I’m asking you, not as a rude teenager, but as just another person, to help this country. Start hiring more and encourage economic growth. Won’t that help Bank of America as well as the US? Please, just start acting like you care. ~Lauren G.