Parents, welfare, work

When we are as a nation goint to be nature enough to recognize the parent at home as a very real participant in the American work force?

I suggest that we look at welfare reform from the point of view of the recipient. If we consider the small check as payment for services rendered, then we are looking at a group that is working for well under minimum wage. To add insult to injury we pretend these people do not work and insist they get a job.

I challenge any well-intentioned critic of welfare to manage a family falling apart (because of lack of funds), nurture children, and get a full-time job on top of it all.

Forcing single parents to work prematurely is not a sensible solution. Suzi Aufderheide, Ashland, Ore.

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