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Published: Saturday, Dec. 29 2012 10:40 p.m. MST

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Danny Chipman
Lehi, UT

Based on what the article says, it sounds like these two young people made an error in judgment but are committed to making the best of it. I commend their willingness to marry and raise their daughter, plus their frugal, independent attitude.

However, I hope they will avail themselves of programs and services specifically made available for families in their financial situation and not let pride ultimately prove a detriment to their baby girl's health, safety, and development.

I wish this family all the best in their aspirations of education, employment, and family joy.

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

The work done by these nurses is admirable. However, we need to look at this from the perspective of childhood poverty being entirely preventible by trying to prevent what are essentially impoverished children themselves from having children. A couple steps would be to improve education in general and especially sex education. Right now our approach to sex, especially among young people, is essentially denial, and that's a disconnect from reality.

AZKID
Mapleton, UT

I applaud efforts to help struggling families in poverty. May they be successful. Having said that, this story vividly paints a picture of the dominant social problem of our time. Generations of history have shown that healthy, prosperous living comes when marriage comes before sex and not vice-versa. There are reasons for established societal norms. Our current culture has thrown those norms out the window and we are paying a heavy price.

DN Subscriber 2
SLC, UT

Bravo to this couple for their wise (and rightfully proud) decision to not get sucked into the welfare system. That alone is probably the best thing they can do to avoid falling into the trap of living on the welfare plantation, mired in poverty for the rest of their lives.

They are hard workers, and will struggle their way up the economic ladder of success. And they will have the pride of having known that THEY did it themselves. And, they will know enough to never spend beyond their means, or go into foolish debt.

And, someday I predict that they will be voluntarily helping other people who are struggling.

May God bless your family as you earn prosperity.

KanataHal
Ottawa, 00

It's too bad that in the US you don't have better mass transit systems. This would reduce the cost of living substantially for people on low incomes. It might also get rid of some of the air pollution in poorer neighbourhoods. But it will never happen so long as the country remains in gridlock, as it now is.

taxedenough
concord, 00

It is nice that they don't want to be burdens on society because they had a kid before they could support a kid. However - if they are in a subsidized apartment, the taxpayers are paying for them. I am sure they get a Child Tax Credit and EITC, both means tested, and those are welfare programs too. As a taxpayer I am glad they are trying, but I am still paying.

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