Parents need help

paying for child care

A recent report by Child Care Aware of America, "Parents and the High Cost of Child Care," examined the cost of child care for infants and 4-year-olds in both child-care centers and family child-care homes in every state.

For an infant, the average cost of center-based care ranges from $4,600 in Mississippi to nearly $15,000 in Massachusetts. Infant care is so expensive that it actually costs more than college in 36 states.

The cost of child care is high any way you measure it - against income generally, or against other household costs like the mortgage or rent, food or utilities - and it is increasing. It is no wonder that families struggle to afford the cost of child care. For families with two children, the cost of care is astronomical.

All families should have access to quality, affordable child care to ensure that children are safe and in a setting that promotes healthy development.

Unlike higher education, which is underwritten by some public financing to make the cost of college more affordable for families, there is no systemic support for child care.

It is time to look at the financing of child care as costs rise and an increasing number of families struggle with the costs - not just low-income families.



More public prayer

would improve U.S.

Regarding recent letters stating that public meetings are not the place for prayer:

This country was founded and made great by those who invoked the wisdom of, and blessings from, our creator at every gathering - political, social and religious. Do today's politicians have the unmitigated gall to believe they are wise enough and capable enough to make decisions for a population without the help our forefathers sought? Yes, of course they do - which is why America is becoming a third-class civilization instead of the leader it once was.



Evans a real asset

for Atlantic-Cape

Regarding David Evans, of Galloway Township, being elected chairman of the Atlantic Cape Community College board of trustees:

Evans is a teacher in Galloway Township who has been an integral part of the lives of many students. He is known for requiring public service projects to be completed as part of classwork. How nice that the rest of our local community will now get to share him.

Those of us in Galloway have known and respected Evans for years. If you were lucky enough to have Dave teach your children or work with him on township projects, you know what an asset he will continue to be at Atlantic-Cape.


Galloway Township

Have the courage

to fix filibuster rule

The filibuster rule in the U.S. Senate was created to protect minority rights from the tyranny of the majority, but watching the last two Congresses makes one doubt that rule.

Now 41 senators can prevent a final vote on the floor by means of the filibuster or threat of one, thwarting the will of the other 59. The rule is so lax that a senator no longer has to hold the floor by speaking. Just saying he or she intends to filibuster is enough to halt proceedings. Republicans have invoked the filibuster hundreds of time since President Barack Obama took office.

Fortunately, beginning in January, each new Congress has a two-month window that allows the Senate to amend its rules by a simple majority vote. Is it too much to expect the leaders of the current Senate to fix the filibuster rule, or are all of our "Profiles in Courage" gone?



CRDA decorations

are uplifting in A.C.

Regarding the Dec. 3 letter criticizing the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority for spending $595,000 for holiday decorations in Atlantic City:

The casinos pay the CRDA a percentage of their revenue to be reinvested in the city. Atlantic City needs to be redeveloped in several areas, and the CRDA has provided the revenue to do this.

After Sandy, to have those decorations up for the Christmas season is uplifting.


Ocean City

How dare McCain

say Rice is unqualified

Sen. John McCain is showing his true colors by attacking U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice. For him to say Rice is not too bright is just like the pot calling the tea kettle black. Here is a man who graduated at or near the bottom of his class at the U.S. Naval Academy, who by his own admission wrecked a few planes, and who gave the nation Sarah Palin.

Challenging the qualifications of a Ph.D., a Rhodes scholar, and someone who has more than 20 years of service with the State Department shows it is definitely time for McCain to go.