I read your editorial on poverty (Sept. 19) and I agree totally that the blessed have a responsibility to the poor. My family does honor this responsibility.
But the poor also have a responsibility. If you cannot afford to support the children you have, please don't have another child. The poor also have a responsibility to their children. They need to be loved and cared for don't just abandon them to society. This means attending school meetings and helping the children with their school work not ignoring their homework. This means all of school, kindergarten to 12th grade minimum. This means emphasizing school as important. This means to teach them values right and wrong. It means having a drug-free home and preferably a alcohol-free home. This means many things, but mainly it means putting your children first and setting a good example.
To those of you that honor this responsibility, I appreciate you and thank you. To those of you who don't, please change.