As we head into 2016, I am feeling that the US presidential campaigns (and our current President and Congress as well) are failing to address some of the most important, most immediate concerns facing people every day. I'd like to hear if you all feel the same and what issues you'd hope start to play a bigger role in national politics. Here are some issues I'd like to see raised and solutions proposed in great detail: 1) Homelessness, poverty, food deserts - I realize that every country grapples with this issue, but here perhaps more than anywhere it is a disgrace to have these things occurring minutes away from luxury in some of our greatest cities. Maybe because I'm from Baltimore and see the disparity on a daily basis that it seems like such a glaring issue to not be a hot topic. 2) Curing cancer - At least Huckabee has mentioned this one, and it is a shame Joe Biden isn't running since he said that he would have liked to have been the president to help cure cancer. How many of us have been affected by this disease? Almost every loved one I've lost was to cancer. We can't accept this as something unsolvable. We put a man on the moon, let's do this too. 3) K-12 education - Again, maybe it's because I'm a teacher and see this every day, but why are we only talking about higher education and getting rid of Common Core? There needs to be sweeping innovation to eliminate the disparity between the quality of schools and education received among students of different communities. We need to acknowledge the fact that our economy has changed and the education we provide to students needs to be suitably tailored for that. Seriously, what are we going to do? We are heading deeper into a new century with such an outdated and insufficient educational system that it's scary. 4) Mental illness - Again, something very personal, and yet obviously very widespread. There is a huge stigma against getting help and having a diagnosis of a mental illness, especially for men. Our mental health system is not great. Crisis centers are few and far between, and access to ongoing mental health care is out of the question for many because of location or financial problems. We have mass shootings practically monthly and we focus on guns but seem to forget about mental health. I understand, most of us are so busy we feel like there is little we can do. But I can't be the only one who has some quiet Saturday nights to sit and reflect. You have to ask - what the hell is going on? We're asleep at the wheel and not meeting the great challenges of our time. Have we just resigned ourselves that some problems are unsolvable and therefore given up all great collective effort to at least innovate and make a dent in these issues that are costing us so much in blood and treasure?