To the editor, Our country's most effective anti-poverty programs are facing unprecedented political threats from Congress. Basic health and nutritional assurance programs such as SNAP (formerly food stamps) and Medicaid play a crucial role in the lives of young children. I am heartened that Grand Forks Mayor Mike Brown has declared reduction of childhood poverty to be a city goal. A strong local response could add a helpful supplement to the federal programs already in place.
To the editor, It is traditional to call this time of year the season of hope. At Christmas, we emphasize sharing with those less fortunate, especially children. Sadly, this natural impulse of generosity toward the vulnerable is conspicuously absent from the actions of the U.S. Congress.
To the editor, As former North Dakota Sen. Kent Conrad emphasized in his Herald Viewpoint article Nov. 16, the tax bill under consideration in Congress offers huge tax breaks for the rich and causes $1.5 trillion to be added to our national debt over the next decade.
To the editor, As the front page article in the Herald reported (on Sept. 15), "more have less" in Grand Forks last year despite local efforts such as the United Way campaign to eliminate poverty and reverse this distressing situation.
To the editor, I am outraged that the Senate secretly negotiated legislation that will end Medicaid as we know it and take health care coverage from millions. Senate leaders are planning a vote on their bill without one single hearing.