The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

October 13, 2013

Consolidate federal programs


The Commercial-News

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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.

I worked at the VA in several offices as a clerk-typist. I worked in the contact office for several months with two fine contact officers, and these fellows were devoted to the veterans, and they helped many widows receive a small pension.

When I read or hear on the news about lack of funding it tears my heart out.

This is a shame and disgrace in a society like ours today! Abraham Lincoln set the VA aside for those who bore the brunt of battle.

We finance everything else in this great land. Why can’t there be for the veterans?

We have a very well-run VA right in our midst. Let’s make sure we keep it funded.

I am a retired VA employee, just a clerk-typist, but I was very proud of my service to the veterans.

Wilmetta Feezor

Indianola