Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Education, health care, poverty and other big issues

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  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Jan. 28, 2013 9:37 p.m.

    @Gandalf--you're putting words in my mouth. I never said Head Start has had no significant benefit in reducing the number of people in poverty, or improving their quality of life?

    We do have more people on welfare now, then forty five years ago when Head Start started. Again. "Has the Head Start program lessen the amount of people on welfare?

  • Dave D Pocatello, ID
    Jan. 28, 2013 3:25 p.m.

    "Americans' attitude toward their personal health, and how medical services are compensated, must change to avoid government bankruptcy or socialized medicine."

    Why in the world would we want to avoid socialized medicine? I, for one, would welcome it with excitement for the ability it would give millions to enjoy better health.

  • Gandalf Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 28, 2013 8:05 a.m.

    Worf, do you have any evidence to show that Head Start has had no significant benefit in reducing the number of people in poverty or improving their quality of life?

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Jan. 27, 2013 9:48 p.m.

    Has the Head Start program lessen the amount of people on welfare?

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    Jan. 27, 2013 7:58 p.m.


    Actually, it is a vicious cycle--single motherhood makes it difficult to climb out of poverty. Women should delay child-bearing until they complete their education. Children should be raised by 2 parent families. Poverty and single-parenthood can be self-perpetuating. Single mother raises child, child becomes single mother. We need to identify and interrupt these cycles. But not all poor are alike.

    I would like there to be a national conversation on the role of men in creating these single-parent households. What is their role in pregnancy prevention? What is their role in the lives of their children? For the most part, women bear the emotional, financial and physical consequences of unplanned pregnancies. Is sending young mothers to work minimum wage jobs merely creating latch-key kids, resulting in poor school performance and a repeat of the cycle?

    I reject the characterization by Republicans of the poor merely looking for a handout.

  • Truthseeker2 SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA
    Jan. 27, 2013 12:21 p.m.

    Webb repeats the snark which infuses the Republican Party, which voters rejected.

    "overly generous government programs enslave people in cycles of poverty. Food stamps, Medicaid and subsidized housing."

    Webb, take a sabbatical. Spend some time with a single mother, working a minimum wage job. Work in a soup kitchen or a medical clinic serving the poor. Read a book, "Nickled and Dimed" would be a good start. Interview Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark, who put himself on a "foodstamp" diet. Read about the SNAP (foodstamp) program and the demographics of those it serves.

    I think we can all agree we need to continually improve, re-evaluate programs. We need to remain vigilant in catching those who abuse the system or commit fraud. If Republicans have ideas that don't result in using a blunt instrument to simply cut funding. Let's hear about them.

    The key to reducing poverty is education, education, education. The key to reducing abortion is education, and reducing poverty. We do a decent job of educating the middle and upper-middle class, but we are failing the lower class and poor.