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Posted: Sunday, October 5, 2008 7:20 pm | Updated: 9:10 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Austin Hill’s rhetoric in his commentary on the National Women’s Law Center Study on child care rates (Opinion 2, Sept. 25) encourages contempt for struggling families. It marginalizes them, and (falsely) makes it seem like there are many alternatives out there if they would only “figure it out.” But, this is not the case.

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CHILD CARE

Invest in the future

Austin Hill’s rhetoric in his commentary on the National Women’s Law Center Study on child care rates (Opinion 2, Sept. 25) encourages contempt for struggling families. It marginalizes them, and (falsely) makes it seem like there are many alternatives out there if they would only “figure it out.” But, this is not the case.

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Helping parents pay for quality child care while they get back on their feet is compassionate and smart.

Hill fails to realize that folks who take government assistance don’t do it as a first resort, and typically don’t do it for very long.

The average stay on cash assistance in Arizona is less than one year. People who use the program have exhausted all their other options. They are largely single moms who have had something blow up in their life: a divorce, job loss, illness, death; some circumstance that forced them to seek help — for their children’s sake. After all, they are the parent who stuck around to raise the little ones. It’s not a matter of “figuring it out.”

They know what they need to do, and they are in the process of doing it. Child care assistance allows them to do it quickly and with the least damage and disruption to their children. In my book, that’s a pretty good investment.

JODI BECKLEY

TEMPE

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE

No need for homes nearby

Why is anyone considering residential building near Luke Air force Base? Over the past 10 years, our desert has been ruined by greedy developers and politicians.

How many of these developers have now gone bankrupt and left behind their unfinished developments?

There are plenty of houses on the market to buy, including the many foreclosures. There should be a moratorium on all new residential building and, most importantly, no project should ever be considered that would put Luke Air Force Base at risk.

SUE GILL

MESA

SEX EDUCATION

Abstinence is safe

Does any parent want their teenager to have sex? No. Does a condom make everything better? No. The emotional, social, psychological, and spiritual consequences of teenage promiscuity are just as devastating as pregnancy or sexual transmitted diseases. Responsible parents and educators realize this and teach abstinence.

Assuming that all teens have sex — so teach condoms — is as wrong as assuming that all teens drink alcohol, so teach them to drink responsibly or assuming that all teens will use drugs, so teach them how much to use to avoid an overdose. We teach kids to say “no” to drugs, alcohol and tobacco (though some teens ignore the message). We need to teach teens to say “no” to premarital sex.

Let’s teach our children the truth; there is no way to prevent all the unintended consequences of sex, except abstinence, “safe” teenage sex is a myth. Sexual activity is not healthy, normal teenage behavior. Everyone is not doing it, and they can control themselves.

ELIZABETH POLL

MESA

RELIGION

Atheists also can be deadly

No religion, the path of peace (Letters, Sept. 19)? Remember the political ideologies like fascism and communism? The fascists started a war that killed many millions of people. Everybody’s favorite atheists, the communists, in the 20th century killed 100 million people. During the Cold War, China and the Soviet Union started more than 20 wars.

Religion is a human institution and it shares all the failings of anything humans do. Religions go bad when their leaders pursue wealth and power purely secular concerns not religious ones. We need our faith communities. We need their immaterial and spiritual values to guide our lives. Life has irredeemably tragic elements that only faith can deal with. Finally as Martin Buber says, “However much the name of God has been abused, it has been the hope of millions and I am not going to give that up.”

JAMES R. SCHER

CHANDLER

SOCIAL SECURITY

Funding gap should have been avoided

If our money-grubbing politicians left the Social Security surplus alone instead of spending it, there would be trillions of dollars built up so the interest it would get would take care of the lean years coming up until it balanced itself out again. We put money in Social Security but the government takes it and builds garbage or funds wasteful projects. Social Security should have been left alone and we wouldn’t have a crisis forming in the horizon. Tax and spend, that’s all our government knows. What a waste.

ROY LEVY

MESA

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