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Absent fathers, subsidized mothers

Thanks to Richard Vatz for his commentary, "Blame Baltimore violence on a lack of fathers in the home" (July 25). The headline says it all. The "single mother syndrome" has become a badge of honor. Some single mothers may be receiving federal, state and local aid while taking a salary from an employer jumping through mega-hoops to meet the bottom line.

Many people have written in The Baltimore Sun regarding this issue. They have even lamented that almost one-third of Baltimoreans are on food stamps as though it's normal. I'm sorry for single mothers and kids who have been extorted by governments that call them "underserved," "underprivileged" and "in need." I'm sorry when I read about kids going home to depressed mothers with no food in the house as though it's not their fault. Any mother would be depressed to be a member of an exploited group of Americans. Liberal media and government programs are no help. Rather, it's fathers who are needed, violence or not.

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Those of us who voted for President Donald J. Trump know that he, like us, is sickened by this vast waste of humanity, by this huge injustice to employers, taxpayers, and most of all, those being exploited. It's going to take bravery to get the "victim" mentality out of our culture but cultures have been saved before.

Thank you for confronting falsehood with truth at Towson University. You will be in my prayers!

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Dolores D. Orlando, Timonium

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