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More needs to be done to win the War on Poverty [Letter]

9:45 AM EST, January 15, 2014

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I read with interest Maryland Department of Human Resources Secretary Ted Dallas' recent letter on the legacy of the War on Poverty ("War on Poverty has yielded results," Jan. 11).

However, I think Mr. Dallas is missing the point made by many in the community who think the War of Poverty hasn't been all that great, locally or nationally.

Clearly, the gap between the poor and the rich has widened. While our state may be doing better than others, the threshold by which such comparisons are made is low. High unemployment, modest educational improvement, nagging levels of crime, vacant homes and limited access to meaningful capital continue in all too many parts of our community.

Kudos are due the recent gains in Maryland accomplished with help from the General Assembly. But much more needs to be done to actually win the War on Poverty.

Recently, I read that most members of Congress, both Republicans and Democrats, are millionaires, yet a significant percentage of them want to deny unemployment benefits to hard-working citizens.

I would imagine that the War on Poverty is certainly not at or even near the top of their priority list.

Sen. Nathaniel J. McFadden, Baltimore

The writer, a Democrat, represents the 45th District in the Maryland Senate.

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