Letters to the editor on out-of-wedlock births, minimum wage, airport name, health care compact
03/03/2014 5:40 PM
03/03/2014 5:40 PM
Include girls in the conversation
It’s laudable that President Obama should use his own experiences to relate to and advocate for young men of color (Feb. 28 Eagle). But as the government launches yet-another initiative to combat the effects of fatherless young men, it will no doubt skip over the most obvious root of what affects these boys’ futures even more – the explosion of out-of-wedlock births in the black community. That is why young black women need to be included in the conversation.
Though the out-of-wedlock birthrate has increased among all races in the past 50 years, it is especially a problem in the black community, where 3 of 4 children are born to single mothers. Single motherhood does not guarantee failure for a child. But even with family support and government help it’s difficult to overcome the oftentimes accompanying poverty, which is far more detrimental to a child than institutional racism or a skewed judicial system.
Fathers matter. When women ignore that fact, everyone pays. So tell the girls: It’s school, a job, a husband, then kids. Leaving the girls out of the conversation and thus off the hook for politically correct reasons guarantees children of all races will continue to falter.
According to the Congressional Budget Office, raising the minimum wage to $10.10 would lift 900,000 families out of poverty, giving them more cash to spend and increasing demand in the economy. This could also reduce employment by 500,000. It cautioned, however, that this estimate was not precise, and job losses likely would be in the range from “very slight” to 1 million. Such imprecision is absurd and indicates an ignorance of the research that has been done in connection with the seven times the federal minimum wage has been raised since 1990.
The CBO’s view is in sharp contrast to the Center for Economic and Policy Research’s conclusion, after careful evaluation of the most recent research, that “the minimum wage has little or no discernible effect on the employment prospects of low-wage workers.”
Increasing the minimum wage is a win-win situation.
Let’s name the new airport Shocker National.
Dwight D. Eisenhower already has Abilene; leave him there.
It appears that House Bill 2553, which is an attempt to hand the Affordable Care Act over to the state, also includes Medicare, which means the 450,000 seniors in Kansas would have their Medicare handed over to the state. We had better wake up and start paying attention before Medicare is turned over to private industry. We all know how that would turn out.
It is too late for folks like me to restructure retirement and health care. For the legislators to strike this fear, and to downplay it as they are, is shameful.
MICHAEL G. NICHOLS