To the editor, Over the past year, articles in the Grand Forks Herald have brought our local housing crisis to the forefront. When we learned that recently in Grand Forks "two homeless people were found dead inside their cars" (Jan. 13, 2019), and "close to 200 students in Grand Forks experience homelessness on a regular basis" (Dec. 8, 2018), we must agree with the Herald that "homelessness is a community problem" (Jan. 13, 2019).
To the editor, As we enter the Christmas season, our concern often turns to children, especially those most at risk, in our own country and around the world. Sadly, we now have images of crying little ones fleeing tear gas at our southern border to add to the list of heartbreaking situations.
To the editor, By voting recently to provide the same school lunch choices for all students, whether or not their lunch account is up to date, the Grand Forks School Board not only protects every child's right to good nutrition, but also feeds the student's sense of personal dignity.
To the editor, Residents of Grand Forks and surrounding communities look forward to the construction of Altru's beautiful new hospital, which promises to provide state-of-the-art medical services, as well as a soothing environment, conducive to healing.
To the editor, In 2017, the Store House Food Pantry of Grand Forks was named Agency of the Year by the Great Plains Food Bank. But last month the Store House announced its closing, due to no longer having space to house their charitable work.
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.