Linda & Richard Eyre: Social problems and the decline of family

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  • K Mchenry, IL
    Sept. 1, 2014 7:49 a.m.

    These things are problems because we make them problems. We are hard on anyone that doesn't fit the mold. The 22 year old widow with a 1 year is not considered to have a child at risk or a problem or antifamily. Why is the woman who had a child in college and her child to be pitied and pointed at when discussing the downfall of society? The child of the single mom even has a Iiving dad. An attack against the family would be wide scale removal of children by the majority from families who don't fit the mold. An attack on the family would be the absolution of relations and all babies being made in labs and gestated via incubator and raised by the government. An attack on the family would be the government decided every adult lived alone in a single dormitory styled room..

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    Aug. 28, 2014 11:02 p.m.

    To me it is evident that the economy has attacked the family structure. Two working spouses, sometimes in multiple jobs to make end's meet is not going to be good for a marriage or family. In this case the chicken and egg is easy to define. T

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Aug. 28, 2014 9:33 p.m.

    The Latter Day Saints have been warning of this for over a century. Not really that complicated an issue. Without a father and mother in the home teaching morals and values society will continue to disintigrate.

  • Spangs Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 28, 2014 1:01 p.m.

    It's great to draw attention to the deterioration of the nuclear family. It is clear to me that the need for both parents to work to make ends meet (and the subsequent lack of parenting that results) is the major culprit in this deterioration. The Eyres are a great family to emulate. But the one major advantage they had that most families will never have, is the luxury of Linda staying at home to raise their kids.

    Do you all want to strengthen the family unit? Insist on raising wages so one income is enough to live above the poverty line.

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 28, 2014 11:34 a.m.

    AIDS alone doesn't account for the disintegration of the family. However, in some families affected by AIDS it definitely can cause a strain emotionally, financially, in some cases fidelity, addiction, being a victim so on and so forth. Same with cancers, diabetes and other diseases.

    Divorce affects families. Mostly on the children if any are involved. Studies show that children from divorce families are likely to be divorced some time down the road.

    Teen pregnancy affects families, education, finances etc.

    If there was one thing that destroys families, then it would be easy to target and eliminate. My thought is there are many ways in which a family unit can be destroyed. Many creative ways are being devised either on purpose or unintentionally to do just that.

    Why? If you can destroy family units, then something else will step in to fill the void. For example a kind, caring and compassionate government that "doesn't get" divorced or fail you. A gang member who has your back. Some other organization. Do these groups or institutions provide an equivalent substitute for a loving mother and a loving father? In my opinion they don't.

  • Snapdragon Midlothian, VA
    Aug. 28, 2014 9:05 a.m.

    The Eyre's are amazing at family dynamics. Just look at their family! I am so impressed with the amazing things this family does!

    I agree that there is a fundamental rot happening in our society when it comes to families and relationships.

    Like a wooden bench that has slowly rotted, we may not see the full affects until someone sits on the bench (a crisis in society). I fear that men's hearts have waxed cold towards each other.

  • intervention slc, UT
    Aug. 27, 2014 11:11 p.m.

    Once again the Eryes lose l credibility by misrepresenting the easily checked facts, here are a few crime rates are historically very low, teen pregnancy has been on a steady decline for sometime and high school drop out rates have been declining g pretty steady for a couple decades now.

  • OneWifeOnly San Diego, CA
    Aug. 27, 2014 1:19 p.m.

    I don't think AIDS is caused by nor causes the breakdown of families and values.

    It's statements like this that cause me to discount much of what else is written in this article.