To the editor:
My proposal may not be to the liking of some, but certainly it would conform with the standard of our Christian ethic, so well observed in Utah. I am talking here about church-based child care.Though I am addressing all our denominations in the state, to the predominating church is offered the golden opportunity to set an example and being a model for others to follow. Utah families in particular enjoy large families and the blessings of church-based child care system would be theirs.
Extensive facilities in ward and stake buildings, vacant daytime during the working days, could be made available without much ado. The only expense of relevance would accrue from the occupation of the staff taking care of the children. The unavoidable paperwork could be assigned to the women's organization of the respective church.
With profit motives non-existent and facilities available, the fee per child could be held to a minimum, affordable even to low-income families, and an adjustment for the real poor could be made possible.
A church, any church encouraging large families, should consider some help for these families at least as a moral obligation and not expect the taxpayer to be burdened with the consequences of their teachings.
Salt Lake City
Editor's Note: Tax issues raised by using church property for commercial purposes, as well as major problems of liability insurance, appear to make such use of churches impractical.