Re, “Poverty rates soar in county” and “County could get border children” (Page A-1, Sept. 18): Ironic or moronic? Stanislaus County has a 22.1 percent poverty rate! Next to that article was this story: “County could get ‘border children.’ ” Stanislaus could get some of the 50,000 children from Central America who have crossed the border illegally. Let me get this right: Stanislaus has a poverty rate of 22.1 percent (one of the highest in the nation) and jobs are scarce. Now a few want our already strapped county to feed, clothe, house and educate possibly thousands of children when we already have children here in need. Where do we expect to find the additional resources?
The committee said they plan to continue having meetings to “get a handle” on this situation. The last meeting was at a local restaurant (was it open to the public?). Perhaps the next meeting should be more open and inclusive by holding it in a larger facility where residents of Stanislaus County, police, mayors, school districts and social services can voice their concerns and opinions. The committee cited a recent poll showing 73 percent support the children staying. Note: “The poll was conducted by the Los Angeles Times and University of Southern California.” I doubt anyone in Stanislaus was asked their opinion.
William Moore, Modesto