The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

Letters to the Editor

October 13, 2013

Consolidate federal programs

Consolidate federal programs

Editor:

In a recent column, George Will reported results of two studies: (1) it is nearly impossible for children raised in poverty to achieve success and, (2) a likely cause is that 2-year-old children, raised in poverty, have only heard 12 million words spoken to them by parents, compared to twice that many for children of middle income families and four times that many if kids have two professional parents.

Added to these studies is a 2011 study by the Department of Health and Human Services that reluctantly showed that its own $8 billon program, Head Start, aimed at three and four year old children, produces no significant long-lasting benefit.

These results show that no amount of free lunches, progress tests in schools, teacher’s performance pay, Common Core, work training, free college or aid to poverty families can change the fate of children who have not received full and proper interaction with family before age two or three.

If governments and individuals can simply accept this fact, all is not lost.

While continuing to provide basic needs for those now in poverty, government programs can be consolidated, reworked and/or developed to include poverty bound parents as well as their infants, birth to age 3, as a pre-requisite for public aid.

This “day care with parents” approach would serve to provide helpful training for young poverty parents and it places government spending at the heart of the poverty problem, the development of newborns for success later in life.

Ron Gore

Covington Ind.

Veterans deserve more help

Editor:

With all the veterans being in wars, why don’t the veterans organizations send out a complaint about the lack of funding to our VAs?

When I see and hear about veterans struggling to receive help with wounds and other problems, it makes me sick at heart.

Text Only
Letters to the Editor
  • Workcamp organizers say thanks Wow! When we first considered bringing Group Workcamps to Danville, we did not hesitate because we know how Danville responds to events that are important to the community ... and boy, did you respond!The first day, we provided the campers with goodi

    July 29, 2014

  • Dump Durbin in 2014 Dump Durbin in 2014Editor:Dr. Natalie J. Goldring, of Georgetown University, on June 25, told lobbyists concerned with the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty issue the National Rifle Association (NRA) and others have spread lies about the effect of the treaty on

    July 27, 2014

  • Take a stand against violence Take a stand against violenceEditor:My son Kevin A. Jackson was killed three years ago on Valentine’s Day. He would have been 20 on July 22.I have to be part of the solution and no longer part of the problem. Danville, it’s time for us to take a stan

    July 27, 2014

  • Hearts & darts Here are some of the good things readers noticed around the area recently:• Missy Parson, Hope Garrett and Barbara Wright, event coordinators for for Relay for Life of Vermilion County, send hearts “to all who participated in the Relay for Life 2014

    July 26, 2014

  • No help for working poor Editor:Whatever happened to the old rule that so long as a person was paying on a bill, service of utilities couldn’t be cut off? For 18 years I have had a perfect payment record. I now have nothing, am paying every penny I do earn at three intermitt

    July 23, 2014

  • Hearts & darts Here are some of the good things readers noticed around the area recently:Suse Townsley, of Danville, sends hearts to the staff at Presence United Samaritans Medical Center. “I was taken to the hospital on June 22 through June 24 and stayed in the ne

    July 19, 2014

  • Church cancels popular event

    Church cancels popular eventAfter 22 years of hosting the popular St. Anthony’s Salad Luncheon, the ladies of the church group have reluctantly been forced to cancel this year’s luncheon because the Vermilion County Health Department insists all dona

    July 13, 2014

  • No Headline Provided I read an interesting article about CEO salaries for S&P 500 companies.

    July 10, 2014

  • Lincoln Proclamation Use Lincoln's inspiration Editor:Usually July 4, our country’s birthday, is ushered in with parades, flags and pride.However, with news of a war we never won, loss of respect by our allies, a president whose trust among our people is gradually fading and who is depleting our

    July 6, 2014 1 Photo

  • Submit Your Letter!

    March 26, 2010

E-edition
AP Video
Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow
NDN Video
'Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' Sneak Peek GMA: Dog passes out from excitment to see owner Chapter Two: Designing for Naomi Watts Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Florida Keys Webcam Captures Turtles Hatching Morgan Freeman Sucks Down Helium on 'Tonight Show' Robin Wright Can Dance! (WATCH) She's Back! See Paris Hilton's New Carl's Jr. Ad Big Weekend For Atlanta Braves In Cooperstown - @TheBuzzeronFox Chapter Two: Becoming a first-time director What's Got Jack Black Freaking Out at Comic-Con? Doctors Remove 232 Teeth From Teen's Mouth Bradley Cooper Explains His Voice in 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Deja vu: Another NYPD officer choke-holding a suspect 'Fifty Shades of Grey': Watch the Super Sexy First Trailer Now! Reports: Ravens RB Ray Rice Suspended For 1st 2 Games Of The Season Air Algerie plane with 119 on board missing over Mali Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent Free Arturo - The World's Saddest Polar Bear A Look Back at Batman On Film Through The Years
Must Read