Readers Write: (April 13): Single parents, Betsy Hodges, roads vs. transit, college sports, Easter memories

  • Updated: April 11, 2014 - 6:36 PM

Policy solutions for economic security are brewing at the Legislature.

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SINGLE PARENTS

Legislature can take a huge step to help

When you compare the state’s average cost of living for a single parent with one child ($37,956) to what those parents actually earn, it becomes crystal-clear why single moms — and an increasing number of single dads, too — are struggling to simply get by (“Left behind: Lost in the economic recovery” series, April 6).

Recent research on the status of women and girls shows that the median family income in the state for single moms with kids is $12,000 (American Indian), $14,000 (African-American), $18,000 (white) and $22,000 (Asian-American), respectively. From 2000 to 2012, the number of Minnesota families with children living below the poverty line rose by a whopping 64 percent.

Low incomes, coupled with a lack of affordable child care and housing, means that these hardworking parents are getting nowhere, fast. Thankfully, sound policy solutions are brewing at the Legislature. The Women’s Economic Security Act represents the first time in state history that policymakers — Republicans and Democrats — have set this priority as a key to the state’s economic security. The 15 bills that comprise the act represent a comprehensive effort to address root causes.

Let’s jump on this opportunity to remove barriers and create supports for women. By doing so, we build stronger communities and a sustainable economic foundation for all.

Lee Roper-Batker, Bloomington

 

BETSY HODGES

It was inauthentic for mayor to wear hijab

I respect the fact Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges is communicating with many different sectors of communities that represent the fine city of Minneapolis (“Hodges’ 1st 100 days,” April 6). I am from one of the surrounding suburbs, love Minneapolis and support many of its businesses. But I find it shallow that she entered a meeting with Somali leaders and businessmen wearing a hijab.

She, too, entered the meeting as a community leader. Would she have required those same men and women to change their type of clothing for her? Would they have done so? Honor and respect are shown by demeanor and words, being who you are, accepting others as they are, and solving problems together

Let’s maintain our own beliefs and personalities while entering negotiations and meaningful dialogue with those around us. My belief is that the men and elders whom Hodges met with had that in mind.

Pamela Mayfield, Burnsville

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Our metropolitan area has two African-American groups. One of them, immigrating here over the past couple of decades, is courted by the political establishment — and incidentally, Mayor Hodges, you’re meeting in Minneapolis, not Mogadishu. The other, enslaved and discriminated against here for five-plus centuries, is ignored by the political establishment, and incidentally Mayors Hodges and Chris Coleman, there is relationship-building and more needed with them.

John Ammerman, St. Louis Park

 

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