More attention should be paid to Americans to need

Posted: Thursday, November 06, 2003

Reaching out to other countries and offering assistance when they are in need is an important part of American foreign policy. Just as important, however, is reaching out to help those in need right here.

About 32 percent of American families experienced some problems putting enough food on the table last year, according to a report issued last week from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That's about an 8.6 percent increase from the year before, according to the report, and it is an increase of about 13 percent from 2000.

An economy that continues to struggle, people who are stuck in low-paying jobs or who have to choose between food and medical care, housing or heat and those who are unable to find work all contribute to the growth of the problem. ...

America should not have 108 million families living in fear of where their next meal may be coming from or wondering where the money will be coming from to pay for food. The trend which has seen increases in each of the last three years in the number of families impacted must be reversed.

The Bush administration needs to devote some additional effort to finding solutions to the problems which are impacting Americans. The loss of jobs. The high cost of health care. A struggling economy.

As a world leader, we must continue to reach out to other countries in need, but in doing so, we should not neglect those who need help right here.

Carroll County Times, Westminster, Md.

Nov. 4

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