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Letters to the editor, July 14

Help the children

Thank you very much for the editorial concerning child poverty in Texas [DRC, July 8].

Shouldn’t we be concerned enough to contact our state legislators to change the way we treat children in Texas?

Some of the embarrassing statistics include child poverty at 27 percent with more than 1.2 million in extreme poverty. Texas ranks 42nd overall considering 16 indicators of child well-being. It is well documented that the early years of a child’s development set the stage for the child’s future success in school and in life. This legislative session earmarked $40 million for supplemental pre-kindergarten, that amount down from the 2009 level of nearly $300 million.

The well-being of children depends not just on preparing their minds for the future but also on maintaining the health of their bodies. We rank 38th in overall child health with more than a million without health coverage.

Texas must and can do better. We say we care about children, but actions speak louder than words.

Sue Smith, president,
League of Women Voters of Denton


Bad consequences

Many conservatives believe that it is wrong for the government to take their wealth in the form of taxes and redistribute that wealth to others. However, all that government does is a form of wealth redistribution. Without taxes, it cannot function, and these taxes are redistributed elsewhere for all of government’s functions.

Therefore, conservatives do not object to all forms of wealth redistribution, but the dominant theme is their contempt for redistribution to the poor. Personally, I do not object to part of my taxes being used to provide food, shelter, health care and education for the poor because such redistribution benefits me.

This benefit derives from a reduction in the increasingly bad income inequality that our country is facing. This inequality has led to bad consequences in other countries that have experienced it, such as the lack of upward mobility, less stable growth, more financial crises, more unemployment, more illness, lower levels of trust and more social instability, such as higher crime rates. Is this what we want for the U.S.?

Bob Michaelsen,