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Kudos to The Times for coverage of the race/class Sinai Forum in the Sept. 25 edition.

I spent my 30-year career as an FBI agent serving in the poor, black communities of Detroit and Gary, working violent crimes, drug cases and fugitive matters.

A powerful minority in these neighborhoods fuels great discord and stands as an impediment to the prosperity America offers. Gang activity, drug dealing, children bearing children, lack of nuclear families and disdain for education and work ethic are their mantra.

Politicians and national/local leaders have not shouldered the courage to address this root cause standing in the way of people who seek the freedom to succeed.

Cultural change and education are the pathway. Regardless of our race, we as American citizens need to mentor and amicably work as partners to eradicate the culture of violence and despair, which enable a great divide.

Together we shall stand.

Chuck Grelecki, Crown Point

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Marc is a veteran investigative reporter and editor of more than 15 years, including 10 years at The Times, where he is the investigative editor. He is also the founder of the Calumet Region Civil War Preservation Project.