Friday, April 4, 2014
To the Editor:
The latest stats are in and they do not look good for the Tri-County area or for the state of South Carolina. Childhood poverty in the Tri-County area is increasing with 25 percent of our children living at or below the poverty index. This means one in four of our children come from a home that lacks the basic essentials for insuring that they have a chance for a successful start in life. The state poverty index for children is more than 20 percent.
What does this data say about the priorities of our state and our lawmakers? Our legislators and governor spend their time discussing guns in bars, finding ways to disenfranchise voters, restricting a woman’s right to choose and denying gays their constitutional and civil rights.
Let’s send a message to our governor and legislators – start doing the people’s business and start taking care of our children by fully funding 4-year-old kindergarten. Let’s stop spending millions on testing our students and more on early intervention. The evidence is clear; every dollar spent on early childhood education pays tremendous benefits to our children and the economy. When gun rights take precedent over taking care of our children it is not a nice day in South Carolina, it is a very sad day.
Brooks P. Moore