Expand the child tax credit
Response: “Programs helped reduce child poverty – COVID tax credits and stimulus payments were key,” a news story Wednesday.
Last year, monthly payments for the Children’s Tax Credit put money back into the hands of American families when they needed it most, at monthly bill time, and allowed families to choose how best to use it. New data proves how successful it is, as reported in this story. Life improved and hunger decreased for millions of children from low-income families, but then the benefit ceased, not through fault on their part, but because of the shortsightedness of the Senate.
The 2021 US Census Supplementary Poverty Measurement Report shows that the CTC reduced child poverty by 46%. In one year, the expanded CTC pushed the child poverty rate to the lowest level ever measured.
But 51 senators let the CTC expansion expire in December. This data shows that they made a huge mistake.
After the election, some congressional politicians will try to pass tax credits to large corporations. It would be outrageous for Congress to pass tax cuts to the wealthy without expanding the CTC to low-income families.
I appeal to our members of Congress to extend the child tax credit to all low-income families, with the option of a monthly payment, in any tax legislation this year.
Martin J. White, Dallas / Turtle Creek
Culture hinders child care
Reply: “Big Win for Children’s Mental Health Care – Children’s Health to Provide 100 Beds for Planned Dallas Psychiatric Hospital,” September 9 editorial.
The prospect of a new psychiatric hospital in Dallas is great news. The provision of 100 psychiatric beds for children would be particularly promising. But according to the editorial, “a hundred cribs or so will not be enough to care for all the children who need state assistance. Officials will have to figure out how to allocate limited resources among children in the general population, the foster care and the juvenile system.”
The question arises: why do so many young people crash and burn? Is it all a random chemical imbalance? Can we blame technology/social media? Keep in mind that our culture makes it difficult to provide proper care for children. I recently saw a video of a child on the sidewalk yelling at a police officer. Where, then, can we assume that the problem arises?
Betsy Whiteville, Dallas/Lakewood
The role of companies in the strike
Response: “Potential strike threatens D-FW — leaving dozens of industries wondering if shipments will get stuck in hubs,” a news story Wednesday.
With regard to the status of railways, it is important to realize that failure to reach an agreement requires two aspects. A strike isn’t something railroad workers threaten for fun – it’s the trade group that refuses to treat its employees with dignity.
As this story shows, raises are settled, but workers cannot be bought with money and not earned respect or consideration. Being able to call in sick when you are sick, and being able to feel safe under your own working conditions – these are demands of the basics of human decency.
When the strike annoys you, yell at the workers, don’t yell at the government – yell at the companies. They are the people who would rather stop everything than admit that their workers are human beings who should be treated as such.
Rosemary Curtis, Dallas/Oak Cliff
We are all immigrants
Our country may have been founded on Jewish and Christian principles, but our founding fathers made laws that welcomed a variety of individuals into it. The freedom to live an honest and honorable life while contributing to society was a promise. Very hardworking immigrants built this country.
Some of my relatives and my husband’s relatives were among them. We live and thrive because of them. Why is it necessary to push different values down the throats of someone with a different view of faith, gender, and customs?
We have actually invited many of those with different values to our country. I find irony in last month’s vitriol [toward a group of South Asian women] by a Hispanic woman in Plano. Whether she knows it or not, she’s also an immigrant. all of us.
Anne Davidoff, Plano
Book fairs: Oasis of Truth
The two days of the book fair were one of the best days in elementary school. For the first time you have to choose, without parental involvement, the books that you found interesting as a child.
By picking kids out of the book fair, the only thing their parents will get is resentment. If they are worried that they will find pornography at the book fair, why give their tech-savvy kids mobile phones with inappropriate content just one swipe away.
I think there’s only one reason people don’t like books. Because they are telling the truth that you don’t want others to hear. The most honest book is often the forbidden book.
The authors used to deliberately work to publish their books in Boston because the city was once famous for banning books. The authors believed that banning their book would create more publicity elsewhere.
So when is Keller ISD’s next book burn planned?
Robert Preston Jones, East Dallas
Remember the Queen
I had the honor of being the main waiter during Queen Elizabeth’s visit to Fair Park. I’ve worked at John Dayton’s Baby Routh Restaurant for over eight years, from the day it opened to the day it closed. But waiting for the kings, including the King and Queen of Spain, is something I will never forget.
Side note, I still have the cocktail napkin from Queen Elizabeth’s visit.
Robert Cantrell, Dallas
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