Thanks to columnist Jerry Large for echoing my own feelings in his column [“Why we should all care,” Local News, July 30]. Yes, a healthier, more educated community is an advantage to all. Why then do we create such obstacles to obtaining a better life? Why is it that decent housing, health care and access to good schools remain out of reach for so many?
I grew up in the High Point Housing projects in the 1970s. Without a father, my mother (a woman from the Deep South with only an eighth-grade education) did the best she could, but was plagued by poverty and alcoholism.
Two years ago, my daughter graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Sociology and has taught me a great deal. Until recently, I had no concept of what “social capital” meant, but today I see the importance of it and the devastating effects of the lack of it.
We as a society have come a long way but more remains to be done. Individuals and grass-roots organizations are leading the way. Leaders in health care and corporate America can and will make a difference.
Thank you Jerry Large for the work you do and for your words. I am listening. I’m sure others are too.
Barbara Caceres, Kent